There There – By Tommy Orange


Goodreads Synopsis: As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow–some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent–momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard–a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

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I picked up this book because it was a nominee for last year’s Goodreads Choice Awards.

From the first chapter Orange draws you into his story with his beautiful writing. I was hooked right away. His writing style is unique and fresh and I can’t wait to read more books by him.

The story is told from many different POVs, which is an interesting choice. I think it worked for the story, even though it’s not my favorite style. For me it was hard to keep track of who everyone was, but I think that was because there is a huge cast of characters.

Still everything in the story is put together very well, again I’m totally in awe of Orange’s writing powers. I hope to be half as good as he is someday. In the end I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

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