There There

There There

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking?Tommy Orange?s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history o Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking?Tommy Orange?s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an Am...

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Title:There There
Author:Tommy Orange
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:There There
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:294 pages pages

There There Reviews

  • Rincey
    Jun 26, 2018
    Wow wow wow ...
  • Elyse
    Jun 23, 2018
    5+++++ stars!!!!! Absolutely phenomenal!!!!! ?There There? is a non-stop pace story... COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN.... The stories in here are gut wrenching *intimate* about dislocation-identify-violence -loss-hope-and power. ?We have been defined by everyone else and continue t...
  • Ron Charles
    May 29, 2018
    Toward the end of Tommy Orange?s devastating debut novel, a 4-year-old Native American boy keeps asking his grandma: ?What are we? What are we?? The boy has no way of knowing, but that?s a blood-soaked question that Western invaders have made Indians ask themselves for centu...
  • Trish
    Jul 26, 2018
    This novel references Gertrude Stein?s comment about her memories of Oakland, CA, ?there is no there there,? upon discovering her family home was taken down to accommodate an office park. I think the characters in this book would say it differently, that there is indeed something...
  • Canadian Reader
    Jun 27, 2018
    ?People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.? ?James Baldwin ?The wound that was made when white people came and took what they took has never healed. An untended wound gets infected. Becomes a new kind of wound like the history of what actually happened ...
  • Jill
    Apr 21, 2018
    What does it mean to be a Native American?often invisible in the U.S. tapestry? Documentary filmmaker Dene Oxendene, one of a dozen characters whom we meet in this book, gives his take about the Gertrude Stein quote about Oakland (?There is no there there.?) Dene?s words: ?...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 13, 2018
    Powerful, heartbreaking, and absolutely necessary. In the age of #blacklivesmatter and #metoo, we cannot forget about the Native American population who have been criminally ignored. There There is specifically about the people considered 'Urban Indians': the generation born in the cit...
  • Justin
    Jul 21, 2018
    Tommy Orange?s first novel had some promise in the beginning. It looked like he had some interesting things to say and some heavy topics to discuss. He had a lot of characters to introduce and several stories to tell. He had ideas, but he wasn?t able to effectively put them dow...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Jul 08, 2018
    She likes Edwin. There's something about him that feels like family. There is a lot to like about There There (see e.g. Gumble Yard's review https://goodreads.com/review/show/243...) but unfortunately there is a plot to dislike. The most interesting parts of the novel are the co...
  • Sarah
    Jun 10, 2018
    Ehhh. I should start my review by saying this isn't a bad book at all, and I would implore everyone to read it as it really is an important book, profiling a community that isn't often depicted in fiction (except in Sherman Alexie's books). The three stars I've given There There reflec...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 09, 2018
    Dene Oxedene, putting his life back together after his uncle's death, wins a grant, allowing him to video stories from those attending the Oakland Pow Wow. In alternating voices we follow the lives and stories of twelve different characters, many who have fallen on hard times of one ki...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Feb 07, 2018
    In THERE THERE, Orange sets out his task from the beginning: he is going to write the stories of the urban Indian. These are not the stories of reservation life, they are not the stories of the old ways. These are the stories of conflict, of the search for identity, of struggle with po...
  • Emily May
    Jul 08, 2018
    "Don't ever let anyone tell you what being Indian means. Too many of us died to get just a little bit of us here, right now, right in this kitchen." Orange's ambitious debut captures the experience of modern "urban Indians" through constantly shifting third person perspectives, ulti...
  • Angela M
    Aug 18, 2018
    Before I even finished reading this, I began hoping that Tommy Orange was already working on his next book. Beautifully written, creatively and skillfully structured with the stories of multiple characters, each one important and affecting on their own, but when meshed with connectio...
  • Krista
    Jul 25, 2018
    The quote is important to Dene. This there there. He hadn?t read Gertrude Stein beyond the quote. But for Native people in this country, all over the Americas, it?s been developed over, buried ancestral land, glass and concrete and wire and steel, unreturnable covered memory. Ther...
  • Michael Ferro
    Jun 11, 2018
    My full review will be published in the Michigan Quarterly Review in the coming months. I will post it here when it is up! ...
  • Erin Glover
    Jul 05, 2018
    I can't think of a novel that needed to be written more than this one. And more than that, needs to be read by everyone in the US. Because Native Americans [have] been defined by everyone else and continue to be slandered despite easy-to-look-up-on-the-internet facts about the realitie...
  • Myrna
    Jun 10, 2018
    Fantastic! If you haven?t heard of Tommy Orange yet, you soon will. This is one of those books that you're simultaneously dying to finish yet don't ever want to finish. Orange paints a vivid picture in short chapters through different points of view as the story unfolds. The p...
  • Tammy
    Jul 08, 2018
    Tommy Orange?s debut novel is just wow. ? I?m so blown away by it, a must read that should be on everyone?s TBR list. Am already anticipating whatever he brings to the table in the future. Highly recommend. 5 ? Tommy Orange?s debut novel is just wow. ?? I?m so bl...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Jul 22, 2018
    So much sorrow as the characters in There There seek connection and struggle with identity?an honest and important debut! Author Tommy Orange gives us a window into Native American Indian suffering and challenges with skill. We follow more than a dozen characters, hearing their ...
  • Mary Lins
    Apr 30, 2018
    I just finished "There There", by Tommy Orange and I?m so glad to have read it - though sometimes it was difficult: This book will make you sad - read it anyway. This book will make you mad - read it anyway. This book will remind you of the lies we were taught as children - read...
  • Matthew Quann
    Jun 26, 2018
    Tommy Orange?s There There is, hands down, my favourite novel of the year thus far. If you came here looking for a scale-tipping review, look no further. In fact, imagine me clearing off any weight on the opposing side and planting my considerable heft on the side favoring your re...
  • David Joy
    Jun 15, 2018
    If a week ago you?d told me I?d read a novel better than Richard Powers? The Overstory this year, I?d have said I was doubtful. If you?d told me it would be a debut novel, I?d have said you were out of your mind. Nevertheless, here I am reading a book for a second time in t...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Jun 22, 2018
    We all came to the Big Oakland Powwow for different reasons. The messy, dangling strands of our lives got pulled into a braid - tied to the back of everything we?d been done no to get us here. We?ve been coming from miles. And we?ve been coming from years, generations, lifetimes...
  • Hannah
    Aug 15, 2018
    This debut is absolutely 100% incredible. Marlon James called it a thunderclap and I have to agree. This might be my favourite read of the year so far. And as is often the case when I adore a book this much, writing a review does not come particularly easy because I want to do it justi...
  • Beata
    Jul 29, 2018
    The novel is exceptional although it is very depressing. I'm not surprised There There has provoked so much discussion with regard to the plight of urban Native Americans trying to rediscover and understand their identity. There There is a definite food for thought! ...
  • Emily
    Jul 24, 2018
    4.5 stars Okay, so, WOW. This was an incredibly ambitious book, and Orange pulls it off. This reads almost like a short story collection. Each chapter focuses on a different character (each character does get an additional chapter later in the book), and the characters' lives are...
  • Meike
    Jul 22, 2018
    Aaahhh, what a time to be a reader! First things first: Tommy Orange wrote a fantastic book, it is so strong, powerful, moving and enjoyable, and there's a whole bunch of people you will want to hit over the head with its wisdom (or with a physical copy of the book, for a start). Orang...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Jul 18, 2018
    How could I give this poetic tapestry of cultural politics any fewer than 5 stars? "She told me the world was made of stories, nothing else, just stories, and stories about stories." That's exactly what There There consists of: the abridged life timelines of a diverse yet interwo...
  • Lark Benobi
    Jul 11, 2018
    An extraordinary publicity campaign has vaulted this novel into a space where its readers will come to it with goodwill, and by reading it they will be participating in a momentary, shared cultural event--increasingly rare in the modern world--of reading the same thing at the same time...