Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 16, 2022

December book club

There There by Tommy Orange

For our December meeting, our One Village, One Book Club is reading Tommy Orange’s There There. Join us Tuesday, December 13th from 6:30-7:30pm at the library to discuss this book set in Oakland by an author born and raised in Oakland.

Here’s the summary from the library website, in case you missed all the hype and awards when this book came out in 2018:

Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame in Oakland. Dene Oxedrene is pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and has come to work the powwow and to honor his uncle’s memory. Edwin Frank has come to find his true father. Bobby Big Medicine has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather; Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to the Big Oakland Powwow to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Powwow with darker intentions–intentions that will destroy the lives of everyone in his path.


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