There There by Tommy Orange

This book got such a lot of attention last year and had been on my list for awhile. For me this was a very depressing and sad novel about the plight of Native Americans living in Oakland. The only positive thing I could take away was a family that had been torn apart by poverty and alcohol got reconnected, albeit through a tragedy, that happened at a Pow-Wow. If the author wanted to show the reader that Native Americans fare no better in the cities than on reservations, then he was successful. If the author wanted to depict that Native Americans need to stay connected to their past and rely on each other to remember and pass on stories of the past, he was successful. Otherwise it was just a really sad sad story.


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