Date: June 2018

Duration: 8 hours 1 minutes




One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, GQ, The Dallas Morning News, Buzzfeed, BookPage, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews   


Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. 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 honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform 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 loss.
There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.


  • Cyn K.

    This book gripped me from the beginning and like others have said, one real strength of it is the way the lives of the characters come to intersect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kimberly Cooney

    The last part makes the novel worth it all.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful story that certainly leaves the reader/listener wanting more.

  • Beth H.

    This book not only made me think it made me feel. As as brown 1/4 NDN. I feel lucky and and a little cheated at the same time. Raised by college education parents ( it was very difficult for my mom to go to college) Relatives and relationships were the same in my family. I had a grandmother and a great grandmother both teaching me NDN ways and stories my mom a little. The same lessons were taught tome with science and facts. I also now live in the valley and have worked all over oakland. An a’s fan. Enough about me. I am so happy to find this book that made me remember, think, cry, and discuss and question my mom. I have learned so so much more about my family history with pictures too, I had never seen. I am 61 years. Thank you so so much.

  • ET R.

    An incredible book

  • Leanne T.

    It was the best book I’ve read all year. I couldn’t put it down (turn it off) and it is by far my favourite novel this year

  • Barb S.

    compelling look at the invisibility the Native American population and culture has been rendered, and how violence against a people begets more violence in return. Great read but WAY too many characters to keep straight - they all weave together in the end, but requires a lot of work on the part of the reader to keep them all straight. Still, a wonderful read (just take notes!) Incredible number of narrators - all good.

  • Linda M.

    Initially I liked the story but quickly got bogged down in all the different characters; this is not good, because they all key into each other at the culmination of the story so you need to know who is exactly who. Also, I expected to learn something more about native Americans who live in America's big cities but for the most part, this story could have been about any undereducated, ignored minority group in America. Apart from the references to the Pow Wow, and being in costume, one never really got the sense that the writer was evoking what it feels like to be a native American in modern America. Overall, I was disappointed with the story. The narration was excellent.

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