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

Product Details
ISBN: 9789577416940
ISBN-10: 9577416942
Publisher: Chun Tian Chu Ban
Publication Date: July 31st, 2023
Language: Chinese