There There (Paperback)

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A heartbreaking tapestry of twelve Native Americans’ stories woven together in the city of Oakland. Tommy Orange explores the displacement of self-described “Urban Indians,” many of whom have come from the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma, but who know Oakland as their only home. As Orange puts it, “An Urban Indian belongs to the city and cities belong to the earth…We came to know the downtown Oakland skyline better than we did any sacred mountain range…the sound of the freeway better than we do rivers…Being an Indian has never been about returning to the land. The land is everywhere or nowhere.”

People say this a lot, but I genuinely couldn’t put this book down. Each character introduces a new perspective on the hardships that Native Americans deal with in the United States and the invisible position society has put them in. Through the book, sisters, grandmothers, absent fathers, drug dealers, and children make their way to a Powwow in Oakland, their lives connected in many touching and also heart-wrenching ways. This book was very heavy, and I am so glad I read it.

— Josh

June 2018 Indie Next List

There There is the kind of book that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go, even after you’ve turned the last page. It is a work of fiction, but every word of it feels true. Tommy Orange writes with a palpable anger and pain, telling the history of a cultural trauma handed down through generations in the blood and bones and stories of individual lives. He also writes with incredible heart and humor, infusing his characters with a tangible humanity and moments of joy even as they are headed toward tragedy. There There has claimed a permanent spot in my heart despite having broken it, or maybe because it did. I think this may be the best book I’ve ever read.”
— Heather Weldon, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“This is the kind of book that makes you gasp for air because it has gripped you in that spot between your heart and your neck and won’t let go. Orange starts the book by introducing characters who are planning to rob a powwow, and as you begin to enjoy them—start to imagine a happy ending, where parents are found and siblings meet at the powwow, somewhere they can feel like a community—the dread of the robbery builds constantly in the background until it explodes. Orange has brought us a book that really is the cream of the crop—of all the crops.”
— Alice Ahn, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

Product Details
ISBN: 9786047766635
ISBN-10: 6047766633
Publisher: Gioi
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Language: Vietnamese