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A Conversation With Author Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s Debut Novel Asks What It Means To Be Native In Oakland, California.

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Tommy Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. His first novel is "There, There."
Photos courtesy of Penguin Random House
A Conversation With Author Tommy Orange

Twelve Native Americans living in Oakland California prepare for a modern day powwow. Along the way these "Urban Indians" question who they are as Natives living in the city and what it means to be Native today. “There, There” is the story of their individual journeys which come together in an intertwined narrative about identity and community.

“There, There” is one of ten books named to the long list for the National Book Awards. It is author Tommy Orange’s debut novel and our October selection for “Bookmarked: the Under the Radar Book Club.”


Tommy Orange - Author of the best selling novel "There There," and a recent graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. "There, There" is available at bookstores and online now.

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