There ThereLarge Print - 2018
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multcolib_dianaa Apr 30, 2018
This is the best book I read in 2018. I read it in June, and it is is brilliant. Through the use of chapters written by a number of vivid characters, it tells the story of the urban Native American- as opposed to the reservation Native. All these characters are headed to a big powwow in Oakland, ... Read More »
multcolib_rachaels Jul 06, 2018
The title is not a soothing 'there there,' but from the Gertrude Stein quote "There is no there there," which is given a profound context in this book in which each chapter is a character preparing for the Big Oakland Powwow.
multcolib Oct 02, 2018
I've never read a debut novel that blew me away like There, There did. From the devastating essay the novel opens with to the very last pages, Orange's use of language is astonishing and powerful. - Diana
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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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