There There


by Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel 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.


Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. That’s why she is there.

Dene is there because he has been collecting stories to honour his uncle’s death. Edwin is looking for his true father. Opal came to watch her boy Orvil perform a traditional dance for the very first time. All of them are connected by bonds they may not yet understand.

All of them are there for the celebration of culture that is the Big Oakland Powwow.

But Tony Loneman is also there. And Tony has come to the Powwow with darker intentions.

Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American–grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

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Book Condition

Used – Good




292 pages


May 7, 2019 by Vintage, First published June 5, 2018


Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction


Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Fiction (2019),
National Book Award Nominee for Fiction (2018),
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction (2019),
California Book Award for First Fiction Gold (2018),
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for First Fiction (2018),
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Fiction (2019),
James Fenimore Cooper Prize (2019),
National Book Critics Circle Award for John Leonard Award (2018),
Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction (2019),
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction and for Debut Author (2018),
Aspen Words Literary Prize Nominee for Longlist (2019),
Rathbones Folio Prize Nominee (2019),
The Center for Fiction (2018),
PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel (2019),
Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2020)

There There


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