There There

There There

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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"Groundbreaking. Extraordinary. Tommy Orange has written a tense, prismatic book with inexorable momentum."--Janet Maslin, The New York TimesFierce, 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 of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. 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 has come to the powwow to dance 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 unspeakable loss. Here is a voice we have never heard--a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in 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. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2018
[Westminster, Maryland] : Books on Tape, [2018]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525635574
0525635572
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6 hr., 52 min., 52 sec.)) : digital
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Jun 22, 2019

It seems that there are a lot of stories coming out about my hometown, Oakland. When I was growing up, I'd heard the Gertrude Stein quote, "There's no there, there." Tommy Orange goes on to elaborate what this means in his book and its relevance today.

There is much to marvel about this book. Orange's imagination takes him to many places, and his characters all feel too real. His writing is not elaborate, but descriptive in a way where you understand what the characters are feeling, why they are doing what they do.

The locations are familiar from my childhood, and have changed drastically over the last 50 years. Maybe I wouldn't recognize the 21st century Oakland. Sometimes it feels like I don't recognize much of this world no matter where I am.

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