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There There

A novel

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Here is a voice we have never heard--a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force.

Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow. 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 together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking, There There is a relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. A glorious, unforgettable debut.

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Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield 


Me and my sister, Jacquie, were doing our homework in the living room with the TV on when our mom came home withthe news that we’d be moving to Alcatraz.
     “Pack your things. We’re going over there. Today,” our mom...
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PRAISE FOR

Advance Praise for Tommy Orange and There There:

“Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American fiction. There There is a comic vision haunted by profound sadness. Tommy Orange is a new writer with an old heart.” —Louise Erdrich, Birchbark Books
 
“A gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary debut!” —Margaret Atwood via Twitter
 
There There drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explo­sive sound of twenty-first-century literature finally announcing itself. Essential.” —Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
 
There There is truly brilliant, a debut that is gritty, compassionate, and stylistically fierce. Tommy Orange has found language that bridges history and the raw heat of the now. You need to read this book.” —David Chariandy, author of Brother
 
There There is a miraculous achievement, a book that wields ferocious honesty and originality in service of telling a story that needs to be told. This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of be­longing and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book—a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall.” —Omar El Akkad, author of American War
 
There There is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. With honest and poignant prose, Tommy Orange deftly immerses the reader in the humour, heartbreak, and resilience of the urban Indigenous realm of Oakland, California. His vibrant and compelling characters live complicated and unique experiences that run parallel to each other and occasionally intertwine in powerful ways. It’s an eye-opening glimpse into the complexities and challenges within Oakland’s Indigenous community, yet the genuine scenes and fascinating people Orange writes are so relatable they’re reminiscent of the urban Indigenous experience in Toronto, Winnipeg, or Regina. Everyone’s connected somehow, and Orange has crafted a stunning narrative that draws his characters together in a frenetic vortex of cultural reclamation, violence, loss, and hope. There There is crucial and mighty storytelling that firmly places itself in the canon of Indigenous literature for generations to come.” —Waubgeshig Rice, author of Legacy

“A story of unforgettable characters, complex histories, and devastating transgressions. Tommy Orange is a brave new voice and There There is not just a glorious debut but a document of survival.” —Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings
 
There There is an urgent, invigorating, absolutely vital book by a novelist with more raw virtuosic talent than any young writer I’ve come across in a long, long time. Maybe ever. Tommy Orange is a stylist with substance, a showboater with a deeply moral compass. I want to call him heir to Gertrude Stein by way of George Saunders, but he is even more original than that. This book will make your heart swell.” —Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus
 
“This is Tommy Orange. Remember his name. His book’s gonna blow the roof off.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted