05 July 2018

There There; Tommy Orange

There ThereThere There by Tommy Orange
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know I rail against the multiple POV trend but in this case, it kind of works. The author has said that he was attempting to portray the wide variety of Native experiences in Oakland; I suspect the only other way would have been to write a series of short stories and, well, this is better.

The different strands, following the lives of several people over the course of a few days, ultimately come together in a way that only slightly surprises. It's that journey, and the understanding that there is no stereotypical way to be Native, that those stories are as unique as any other group's stories, that makes this such a wonderful book.

I'm not on the committee, but I wouldn't be surprised if this doesn't get some Alex Award love in 2019.

eARC provided by publisher.

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