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Apr 30, 2021rclane rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Great ensemble with some fabulously flawed characters. Recommended!
Mar 19, 2021
Modern Mrs Darcy
Feb 25, 2021heatherbrenner rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
The prologue and interlude were stunning. I loved the part of the book when he mentioned the hors d'oeuvre and fluff. It really made me think. The only thing I didn't like about this book I think was how many characters there were. There…
Feb 10, 2021512cadcock rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Not a leisurely pleasurable read but an eye opening read that challenges stereotypes of Native American people. Tells the story of a tragedy through multiple points of view in a way that highlights both the connectedness and…
Dec 17, 2020
12 urban Indians are headed to the Big Oakland Powwow each with their own motivations. We learn about them in eponymous segments wedged between essays on American history. Poignant, harrowing, difficult, funny, tragic, eye opening, all…
Nov 28, 2020Irzabeta rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
What an incredible, intense reading experience! This book follows a group of interrelated Native American characters who all converge at a pow wow in Oakland, CA. Each character's story highlights the challenges of being Native American…
Oct 18, 2020pokano rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
In There, There, the author weaves a collection of stories about fictional Native Americans who live primarily in Oakland into a novel. Each character illustrates various issues that urban Native Americans might face--substance abuse,…
Oct 08, 2020
Occasional brilliance, but overall disappointing in terms of character development and story. I grew tired very quickly of the ghetto language and poor grammar. It is not beautifully written, but it tells the story of urban Native…
Oct 04, 2020p0mmstax rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I've never read anything like this. Fresh, real characters, and Orange builds quiet tension throughout to the climax of the story. How did he do it? It's a knockout.
Sep 21, 2020mmyjer20 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I listened to this in the car. It was very well written by the author. The characters are very believable. The story is very educational about the plight of the modern Native people. Also it is very sad and tragic.
Sep 09, 2020LibrarianLaurie rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A collection of beautifully written interweaving chapters that read like short stories. It's about Native Americans living in Oakland, slightly reminiscent of Louise Erdrich. The stories and characters come together for an explosive ending.
Sep 06, 2020
librirans at omaha recommended
Aug 17, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/books/review/tommy-orange-there-there.html
Mar 09, 2020Mersenne5 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Despite my Métis and Cree ancestry, I grew up with an English name and white face. I didn't experience prejudice, except from those who knew about Native blood. That's another story. Therefore, I began this book with high hopes, wanting…
Mar 06, 2020KatieD_KCMO rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tommy Orange takes the different versions of each characters "urban Indian experience" and weaves it into one beautiful and intensely emotional tapestry, culminating in their gathering at the Big Oakland Pow-wow. Tommy Orange writes each…
Mar 06, 2020katiedennisgunnerson rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Tommy Orange takes the different versions of each characters "urban Indian experience" and weaves it into one beautiful and intensely emotional tapestry, culminating in their gathering at the Big Oakland Pow-wow. Tommy Orange writes each…
Feb 03, 2020
Tommy Orange has constructed a polished and impactful novel, with voices long unheard in fiction about Native people. His writing is both poetic and fierce - exceptionally stunning at points. The characters here, underrepresented in…
Jan 26, 2020JerryJennings rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book has many characters and many time frames. It is complex, intriguing and sometimes confusing. Orange explores diverse stories of native Americans who converge in the same place at the same time. It is a troubling and thought…
Jan 12, 2020sueharris13 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved this book and that it was set in local Oakland, CA, I had to read it. Characters are relatable, and hearing their perspectives on growing up native and how hard it is to hold onto their traditions makes me realize my own. We all have…
Dec 01, 2019bookpusher rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
November WPL Book Club selection: I don't understand the hoopla about this book. Too many characters therefore we didn't really get to know any of them therefore I didn't grow to care for any of them. Also, I'd really like to know how…
Nov 08, 2019Jhetto rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Compelling style, vivid, memorable characters, and intertwined storylines that build layer upon layer, to an explosive conclusion. Tommy Orange deserves all the praise he’s received for a great first novel.
Oct 26, 2019ArapahoeTina rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book added Native voices to my life that I hadn't even known were missing. Great narrative storytelling with lots of heart and bits of humor. For a debut novel, this author handled his complex storyline very deftly and is deserving of…
Oct 23, 2019eddie141_0 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing story teller. If you love stories then give this a read. You won't regret it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pick it up now!
Sep 28, 2019ANTHONYZEDAN rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Tommy Orange's novel, "There There," is a novel of tragic beauty woven out of a cast of urban Native Americans living in Oakland, California, struggling to survive on all levels. The novel may make you feel depressed as you read it-…
Sep 24, 2019rixonkj rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I had the great privilege of seeing Tommy Orange welcomed to Tacoma for the Tacoma Reads 2019 kickoff. This book is fantastic, and is the perfect choice for a book to be read by a whole city, especially a city like ours with a reservation…