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Review of There There in Cascadia Weekly (Wednesday, July 18, 2018) by WCLS Collection Services Manager, Lisa Gresham. (more)
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Recommended by Lynden Library's "Award Winning Book Club" 2020
There There is the story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow; some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent, and momentum... Read More »
Recommended by Christine, Executive Director
"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."
Ace of Clubs - Exploring the lived experience of Urban Indians, twelve people head to the Big Oakland Powwow, trailing personal baggage and fueled by hope they will find a sense of belonging there.
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"She told me the world was made of stories, nothing else, just stories, and stories about stories."
Listen to this companion poem from Billy-Ray Belcourt , NDN Homopoetics
Some of us came to the cities to escape the reservation. We stayed after fighting in the Second World War. After Vietnam, too. We stayed because the city sounds like a war, and you can't leave a war once you've been you can only keep it at bay--which is easier when you can see and hear it near you, that fast metal, that constant firing around you, cars up and down the streets and freeways like bullets.
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In the years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission began its work, Indigenous news has taken a more prominent place in our news cycles. However, not everyone learns best by reading the news, and if you'd rather learn about cultures and the effects of colonialism by reading fiction, this book is a great place to start. It's also stunning literature in its own right, and Indigenous critics have lauded all the many things this book gets right about Indigenous lives.
There There features an ensemble cast of characters whose lives become intertwined around a large Pow Wow coming up in the Oakland area. Despite the number of characters involved in the narrative, each character feels fully fleshed out. The reader quickly becomes drawn into the narrative of the family who moves to Alcatraz to join the Indigenous occupation, a young man growing up with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who is tugged into gang activity, a woman who flees an abusive relationship and becomes the Pow Wow's organizer, a young boy who yearns to dance at the Pow Wow despite his family's rejection of the craft, and many others. The narratives spiral together toward a crisis at the Pow Wow, with the reader unable to put the book down until everyone's accounted for.
Gorgeously written, empathic and gritty, There There is likely to make many of this year's best-of lists. Don't miss it.
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