There There (Paperback)
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There There (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 09/05/2019
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Tommy Orange’s hometown of Oakland, California provides the backdrop to a powerful debut novel about a contemporary Native American community. Already the subject of a host of critical acclaim in the US, There, There eschews the all-too-familiar clichés of Native American experience, replacing them with a much more complex and multi-layered portrait of individual and collective lives shaped and shattered by centuries of oppression. Above all it is the choral effect of Orange’s polyphonic work that stands out; building to a profound sense of the possibility of hope and compassion amidst the darkness.

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019

'There There drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explosive sound of 21st century literature finally announcing itself. Essential.' - Marlon James

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 dance. All of them are connected by bonds they may not yet understand.

All of them are there for the cultural celebration that is the Big Oakland Powwow. But Tony Loneman is also there. And Tony has come to the Powwow with darker intentions.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784707972
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Ambitious, moving novel' - The Daily Telegraph

'A powerful novel of pain and possibility' - The FT

'Moving and powerful…(an) impressive achievement' - The Observer

'... its scorching-hot prologue is getting almost as much attention as the book itself…tipped to be the read of the summer' - The Sunday Times

'Coming very soon: There There, by Tommy Orange. Gripping deep dive into urban #indigenous community: astonishing literary debut!' - Margaret Atwood (on Twitter)

'Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American fiction. There There is a comic vision haunted by profound sadness. Tommy Orange is a new writer with an old heart.' - Louise Erdrich

'There There is a propulsive, groundbreaking novel, polyphonic and multigenerational, weaving together an array of contemporary Native American voices into a singularly dynamic and original meta-narrative about violence and recovery, about family and loss, about identity and power.' - Derek Palacio

'There, There is an urgent, invigorating, absolutely vital book by a novelist with more raw virtuosic talent than any young writer I've come across in a long, long time. Maybe ever. Tommy Orange is a stylist with substance, a showboater with a deeply moral compass. I want to call him heir to Gertrude Stein by way of George Saunders, but he is even more original than that. This book will make your heart swell.' - Clare Vaye Watkins

'There There drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explosive sound of 21st century literature finally announcing itself. Essential.' - Marlon James

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“There there”

It is all but easy to summarise Tommy Orange’s novel. There is Dene Oxendene, a young film maker who applies for a grant to realise a dream he and his deceased uncle had: give Native Americans a voice, make them tell... More

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