Called “a new writer with an old heart” by Louise Erdrich, Tommy Orange comes to Elliott Bay with one of the most heralded fiction debuts we’ve seen in years, There There (Knopf). That this book is finally available is cause for celebration for those of us lucky enough to have read early copies.
“Orange’s commanding debut chronicles contemporary Native Americans in Oakland, as their lives collide in the days leading up to the city’s inaugural Big Oakland Powwow. Bouncing between voices and points of view, Orange introduces 12 characters, their plotlines hinging on things like 3D-printed handguns and VR-controlled drones . . . Time and again, the city is a magnet for these individuals. The propulsion of both the overall narrative and its players are breathtaking as Orange unpacks how decisions of the past mold the present, resulting in a haunting and gripping story.” —Publishers Weekly.
“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, joined by Margaret Atwood, Marlon James, Claire Vaye Watkins, and others with early praise.
Co-presented with SEATTLE UNIVERSITY'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' INSTITUTE.