Tommy Orange asks readers to examine their assumptions about who Native Americans are and how and where they live. The fierce and sorrowful novel grapples with the complex and painful history of a multigenerational Native American family living in Oakland, at once celebrating their rich spiritual heritage and illuminating the profound consequences of systematic discrimination. A recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.
One of the best books of 2018, Oakland-based Tommy Orange’s debut novel “There There” reached number one on the SF Chronicle bestseller list and is one of three titles shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. The book asks readers to examine their assumptions about who Native Americans are and how and where they live. In conversation with Jeff Chang (“We Gon’ Be Alright”).