Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Native American Lit
Length: 292 pages
Buy: Paperback | Kindle
Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it
back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life
together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his
memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for
the very first time. 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
Another look at how constant and persistent racism can devastate an entire
people. Tommy Orange tells the stories of several people whose lives
will all converge at the Oakland Pow Wow. Each is going for their
own reasons several will find their heritage, some will go from villain to
hero and others are going for their own selfish reasons.
Through all these stories we see alcohol and drugs as a pervasive villain
that destroys families, ruins dreams, and destinies. We see a people that
are looked down on who may not live on reservations but still inhabit the
same land that they have history with. We see the devastation of not
being seen or acknowledged can bring to an entire culture.
This is a powerful book, it is a tragic book and it is a book that will
stick with you. What does it mean to be a Native person when you
live in a concrete jungle? What speaks to your soul if you don't
know who you are? Who gets to tell you what or who you are? I kept seeing
this book but hadn't picked it up until I saw it on Literati and I'm so
glad I chose to read it.
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