Tommy Orange

There There
  • There There

  • One of Barack Obama’s best books of 2018, the New York Times bestselling novel about contemporary America from a bold new Native American voice

    ‘A thunderclap’ Marlon James
    ‘Astonishing’ Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
    ‘Pure soaring beauty’ Colm Tóibín

    Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and hoping to reconnect with her estranged family. That’s why she is there. Dene is there because he has been collecting stories to honour his uncle’s death, while Edwin is looking for his true father and Opal came to watch her boy Orvil dance.

    All of them are connected by bonds they may not yet understand. All of them are here for the celebration that is the Big Oakland Powwow. But Tony Loneman is also there. And Tony has come to the Powow with darker intentions.

    ‘An exhilarating, polyphonic debut novel… Dazzling
    Daily Telegraph

    ‘Lyrical and playful, shaking and shimmering with energy… Orange creates beauty out of tragedy
    Guardian

    Bold and engrossing… Orange has got under his characters’ skins, allowing them to speak for themselves’
    Financial Times

    A New York Times Top 10 Best Book 2018
    An Oprah Magazine Top 15 Best Book 2018
    Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019
    Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019
    Winner of the Writer's Center First Novel Award 2018

Tommy Orange was born and raised in Oakland, California. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Angels Camp, California. Tommy is a recent graduate from the MFA programme at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. There There is his first novel.