There There

A wondrous and shattering award-winning novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Read and discuss the Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller now ahead of Tommy Orange’s highly anticipated follow-up Wandering Stars more


304 pages

Average rating: 7.24




Community Reviews

Dec 27, 2023
8/10 stars
This neatly woven tale of several people’s path and underlying motivations for attending a pow wow in Oakland. The stories were uniformly heartbreaking and yet the people’s will to live was strong. All of the people were grappling with what it means to be native. I was frustrated at the lack of resolution in the end.
Jun 19, 2023
6/10 stars
I was not sure what I was getting into when I picked up this book but I know I wanted to read more about Native stories. What I got was a philosophical treatise on all things America and a Native, couched neatly in a multi perspective family drama. Specifically, we see over generations that the idea of America for its original people has been a history of evil and tragedy visited upon them without end. Tommy Orange shows us how that violence more
Jun 02, 2023
An immersion inti Urban Indian Culture. Vivid descriptions, passion and insight.
Feb 23, 2023
4/10 stars
There, There by Tommy Orange is a glimpse into the challenges and struggles urban natives face in the modern world. He gives voice to the struggles through the twelve main characters. They range from a fourteen-year-old boy eager to learn about his Cheyanne hereditary, a young man raised by his white mother who never met his Native father, a Lakota Vietnam veteran, a drug dealer and his crew, and two half-sisters of Cheyanne descent - to name a more
Jan 03, 2023
10/10 stars
This was an incredible read. I didn't want it to end. I'm excited to see what this author does next; the prose was beautiful, the pacing was great, and the build to the climax was excellent.

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