There There by Tommy Orange
There There focuses on 12 Native Americans who have various personal reasons to attend the Big Oakland Powwow, where Indigenous culture and traditions, including drumming and dancing, are celebrated. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle’s memory. Through Jacqui and Dene and the other 10 characters, Orange grapples with a complex and painful history.
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The New Yorker. "[...]having little representation in literature, as well as no (literary) version of our (urban Native) experience, was what made me want to write into that space[...]"
The Guardian. "The Native American novelist on the many voices of his bestselling debut, his own personal canon and the fear of tokenism in publishing"