Tommy Orange: There There
Tommy Orange, #1 NYT bestselling author of There There, is this year's North Central Regional Library's NCRL Reads author. Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California.
There There was selected as one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, and has also been named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and more. This debut novel won The PEN/Hemmingway award, National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, an American Book Award, and others.
Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel, There There, 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 Through a chorus of very real and very memorable characters, Orange 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.
"Powerful. . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it's a revelation." – The New York Times
Bursting with talent and big ideas... Funny and profane and conscious of the violence that runs like a scar through American culture." – The Seattle Times