It was Gertrude Stein who famously said of Oakland that “there is no there there.” In his debut novel, There There, Tommy Orange begs to differ. A pow wow in Oakland draws together a diverse group of Native Americans for a dramatic and violent encounter. But this is really about the stories and journeys that bring them there. Shifting from non-fiction to fiction, trying out multiple voices and tenses, Orange weaves it all together in an impressive meditation on what it means to be an urban Indian. And an American.
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