Join cultural historian Lori Rotskoff for a lively discussion of the novel There There by Tommy Orange. With this ambitious, layered, and lyrical debut novel, Orange emerges as a powerful voice in a new generation of Native American writers. There There is a fast-paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It intertwines the tales of twelve characters who have varying degrees of connection to Native culture, and who travel for different reasons to Oakland, California to attend the Big Oakland Powwow. The novel includes a struggling alcoholic who finds a measure of peace in drumming, an aspiring storyteller who wants to conduct an oral history of the community, a young woman who has escaped an abusive marriage, and some would-be thieves planning a robbery. As they converge and commune on that fateful day, amidst a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry, they also experience sacrifice, heroism, pain and loss. Praised by critics as “unforgettable,” “groundbreaking,” and “propulsive,” ,There There, struggles with “what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging.” Come share your thoughts and questions with other passionate readers in this informal yet informative class.