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There There
There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
Not since Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine has such a powerful and urgent Native American voice exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. There There introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. 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 honour 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 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 Big Oakland Powwow with darker intentions. Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. There There is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. A glorious, unforgettable debut.
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SamAnne
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Today, Indigenous leaders of the Yakama and Lummi Nations called for the removal of 3 large dams on the Columbia River to restore salmon and traditional fishing grounds. The press conference occurred here, where the great Celilo Falls existed before Dalles Dam was built in 1967. #indigenouspeoplesday

BookNAround My geology professor in college said that dam(n), no matter which sense you used the word in, was always a four letter word. 3d
SamAnne @BookNAround LOL. So true. While they have brought benefits, the consequences have been great. I‘m glad to see them being questioned. 3d
Freespirit Great news...we build dams without thinking of the consequences. We have terrible water problems in my country at the moment. I think water security will be a huge issue in the future. 3d
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Merethebookgal
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I just finished reading There There to hear Tommy Orange talk last night & I‘m feeling lots of feelings. It‘s thought-provoking, insightful, and brutally heartbreaking at times. It really brings to question what does it mean to be a Native American when you don‘t live on a reservation; what does it mean to be an “urban Indian?” I enjoyed all the different points of view, and the story behind the title is interesting (I‘ll put it in the comments)

Merethebookgal The title actually comes from a passage in an autobiography by Gertrude Stein, who grew up in Oakland and talked about how the place had changed so much that the “there” of her childhood, the “there there” was gone. The line is “There is no there there.” 7d
MicheleinPhilly Oh that‘s really interesting. Thanks for sharing! 7d
erzascarletbookgasm Interesting info on the title 👍🙂 7d
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Merethebookgal
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My current read while I metro out to meet some friends for a library day!

K.Wielechowski There There was one of the options for One Book One Lincoln and I really enjoyed it. Have tissues handy 2w
Merethebookgal @K.Wielechowski Good to know, thanks! 2w
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MallenNC
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A selection of #orangecover books that I‘ve read or that I mean to read. #FallisBooked

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2w
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SLSbooks
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Mehso-so

Each character in and of themselves is compelling, but the story was just too disjointed for me to follow. Maybe this isn‘t a before-bed kind of read, but I almost needed a character map to keep everyone straight. zzzzz.....

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KadeLexical
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I like it though because when I do get it I get it way down in that place where it hurts but feels better because you feel it something you couldn‘t feel before reading it that makes you feel less alone and like it‘s not going to hurt as much anymore

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Catsandbooks
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Bailedbailed

I'm halfway through this and not invested in any of the characters. Just not interesting to me right now. Plus the way the characters talk about fat people really disgusts me. It's a DNF for me.

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“You figured out that there was a certain amount of alcohol you could drink that could—the next day—produce a certain state of mind, which you over time began to refer to privately as the State. The State was a place you could get to where everything felt exactly, precisely in place, where and when it belonged, you belonged, completely O.K. in it—almost like your dad used to say, “In‘it,” like, “Isn‘t that right? Isn‘t that true?” (There There)

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Sweettartlaura
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If you can, go see Tommy Orange! I can‘t promise what‘ll happen at your event, but if it‘s anything like the #tacomareads program, you are in for a treat.
First, there was storytelling, drumming, & singing from the Puyallup tribe. Then they presented him with lovely gifts, crafted for him & his family. Then there was a lively conversation about the book, his writing, his future plans, & the Native American culture as it stands now 👇🏻

Sweettartlaura But the best part was getting to talk to a Mono Indian woman, Tamara, as we both waited to meet Tommy & get our books signed. I got to learn what this book meant to her, ask questions, share insights... Basically, in that moment, I think this book accomplished its goal & fulfilled its purpose ♥️
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marleed Wonderful! 4w
AmyG Awesome. I loved this book. 4w
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Sweettartlaura
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Finished this in time for the #tacomareads author event tomorrow night.
Very reminiscent of Sunil Yapa‘s Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - read it if you liked this.
I had no idea how muddled the sense of identity is for Native Americans. This shone a spotlight on it. At one point a character at a powwow says they‘re all “Indians dressed like Indians.” It‘s surreal, and you understand the disconnect he feels.
Lots to think about here.

Bookgirl Stacked! You should try Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich 4w
Sweettartlaura @Bookgirl I need to read ALL the Louise Erdrich 😩. I hear nothing but good things. I just haven‘t gotten to her yet 🙁 4w
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Sweettartlaura
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I have 3 days to read this before the author event for #TacomaReads ... andddddd go!

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MamaGina
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So far so VERY good 🤓
“The spider‘s web is a home and a trap”🕷

(Bonus Points for a character referencing another favorite author, Louise Erdrich)

Readergrrl I loved this book!! 1mo
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BlueMonday42
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Tommy Orange took his vast experience as an urban Native American and wrote a brilliant novel about what it means to be a Native American living in a major city. This was wonderful.

Cathythoughts It was wonderful 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
charl08 Great read: hope he's working on the next one. 1mo
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Sheridanb
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“Most addictions aren‘t premeditated.”

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Sweettartlaura
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BIG plans for #SeptemberTBR 😏
But I have some prompts to help.
There There is the Tacoma Reads book, and Tommy Orange is coming to town, so ✅
Tacoma‘s Extreme Reader Challenge is running a readathon AND a silent reading party, so that will help ✅
I must read 13 TBR books to keep on track for #MountTBR - Olympus ✅
Roughneck is a graphic novel - quick read ✅
I‘m half done with the Ahlborn ✅
And I am bound & determined to finish my #botmbacklog

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Shksprsis
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I absolutely loved this book. It gutted me. I was crying and pleading and angry and ever other emotion possible. I enjoyed the structure and all the different stories and how they all eventually intersect. This is an amazing book. #therethere

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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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In There There, nobody likes mirrors. Tony hates what fetal alcohol syndrome has done to his face. Orvil sees himself in a headdress and feels inauthentic. Searching for identity, to find some There There, 12 characters go to the Great Oakland Powwow. Despite individual burdens, characters feel an urge to live, to tell their story. What results is an interconnected mosaic of experiences — a more honest reflection of what it means to be Indian.

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Aimeesue
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The "Indian head test pattern" that Orange describes in the prologue.

Book_Fairy_Mary I absolutely love this book! 2mo
Tanisha_A @Book_Fairy_Mary Loved it too! Great writing 2mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Yes! I've tried to recommend it to people, but they seem to always turn their nose up at it. Just give it a try, people! 2mo
Aimeesue @Book_Fairy_Mary It's a tough subject, and this book demands some empathy and some relatively deep moral thinking. I find that a lot of people don't enjoy breaking out of their comfort zones while reading. To each their own, I suppose. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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gby0822
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Beautiful 🙌🏾🙌🏾

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sammisho
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About a third into this book, I did not think this would be my jam. But by the end, I so invested in the characters and story. Told from different POVs in inter connecting stories, this book was gripping and powerful. It shared an important perspective, of urban native americans, a culture I know little about.
#booked2019 indigenous author
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. That‘s close to how I felt. Some characters really affected me. 2mo
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Suet624
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Wait. What? Tommy Orange is going to be a visiting writer at Vermont Studio Center in October. And doing a reading as well? This means he might actually sit right next to me at the one restaurant in this one horse town! Gah! I‘d been dreading the cold of winter approaching but now I can‘t wait for October to arrive.

Aimeesue A copy of There, There FINALLY came in to the book sale donation box today. I've been waiting SO long to find a copy! (Which I read and then return, so it's kinda like a library with no due date 😁) I'm very jealous you'll get to hear him read! 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue I love your no-fines, no due date, concept. I hope you like the book. No spoiler here, but I can't wait to ask him about the ending. 2mo
AmyG Oooooo 🙌🏻 2mo
Sweettartlaura I‘m gonna see him tomorrow night - I‘m psyched 🙌🏻 1mo
Suet624 @sweettartlaura I‘m so excited for you! Tell me all about it! (edited) 4w
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masofia
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This is incredibly relevant and timely, and also a lesson in history. The Native American experience in this book is richly detailed and nuanced in a contemporary, city context. There are many flawed people in this story, but American societal harms and intergenerational trauma are the central antagonists. This book brought so many moving parts together so well.

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AnneCecilie
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This is a book I never would have picked up if it wasn‘t for Litsy, and all the positive reviews I‘ve seen here and I‘m so glad I did.

This is a story about family and friends, all meeting for the big powwow competition. This book asks you what makes a family? Who decide your history and culture?

This is my “Indigenous Author” for #Booked2019

Texreader I‘m so familiar with #blameitonlitsy !! 3mo
Cinfhen Glad you picked this one up‼️I‘m looking forward to reading more from this author 😃 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review and pick! 3mo
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Zazu
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On a New Mexico road trip! Of course, amidst all the incredible art and beautiful landscapes, I‘ve already found 4 bookstores. The owner of Brodsky Bookshop in Taos regaled me with a special tale of Tommy Orange who used to live here and go in all the time!

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jnichole
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"... That dance is your prayer. So don't rush it, and don't dance how you practice. There's only one way for an Indian man to express himself. It's that dance that comes from all the way back there. All the way over there. You learn to dance to keep it, to use it." ♥️???

Cathythoughts Love this quote. Loved the book too 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
jnichole I've really enjoyed reading this book. It's very well written and thoughtful. I'm looking forward to another book by Tommy Orange. 3mo
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youneverarrived
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I‘m LOVING this book 🙌

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moonchrm
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Reading this book was like watching a car crash in slow motion. The feeling of dread and tragedy fills the entire book. Connections between historical genocide, Native culture, and modern day Oakland are all present as Tommy Orange tells the story of a cast of characters whose fates are intertwined.

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K.Wielechowski
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My first One Book One Lincoln book, it tells many different people‘s stories from their point of view, seemingly unrelated but as they get closer to the big event, a pow-wow in Oakland, it shows how much they are intertwined. Very interesting reading about the modern world of Native Americans. The ending was very sudden and left me wanting more resolution. #lclsummer2019

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jnichole
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"The thing we most don't want has a way of landing right on top of us. That badger medicine's how the only thing that stands a chance at helping. You gotta learn how to start down there. Way deep down inside yourself, unafraid."

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wen4blu
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Rainy morning = oil change time.

DivineDiana @wen4blu Good Morning! Do you think our Litsy Owl Post is completed? Did you receive your book back? 3mo
wen4blu @DivineDiana It seems to have fizzled out. I didn‘t receive my book and I never saw yours. I‘m going to try and reach out to everyone through email. Fingers crossed, maybe we can find a few books. 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you! 🤞🏻 3mo
wen4blu @DivineDiana Hi! I sent you a message through slack about round two. 2mo
DivineDiana Just saw this! Will check Slack! 2mo
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MarisaB
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We are the memories we don't remember, which live in us, which we feel, which make us sing and dance and pray the way we do, feelings from memories that flare and bloom unexpectedly in our lives like blood through a blanket from a wound made by a bullet fired by a man shooting us in the back for our hair, for our heads, for a bounty, or just to get rid of us.

Such a beautifully written book.

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BriW
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Pretty good, kind of dragged on but the author writes well and it was good to read a novel centered around Native American lives and culture that didn‘t make them seem like a caricature

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Sarz
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4 ⭐
It doesn't feel right to say that I "enjoyed" this heartbreaking story, but it's a powerful read. Easy to see lots of parallels to the experiences of Aboriginal Australians as well.

The ending broke me - I had to pull over and replay the final few chapters. Books don't usually make me cry but this one definitely got the tears flowing.

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Caterina
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Just finished the tagged, so I can do my #BFC week 2 check-in! Didn't get my 2nd weights or 4th run in this week. Due to a pinched nerve, the YMCA closing for the holiday, and a friend visiting for 2 days, I pushed weights and the run to today, when I woke up at 3 AM with a stomach bug that hasn't let up. Rough week but I'm happy with what I accomplished and optimistic about next week! 👍 #BookFitnessChallenge #BFCr2 @wanderinglynn #BookNerdHerd

catebutler You did wonderful! 👏🏼 3mo
twohectobooks Great job! I definitely advocate resting when you‘re not feeling well than pushing through and possibly feeling worse. 3mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 3mo
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wanderinglynn I‘m going to rewrite this sentence “Didn't get my 2nd weights or 4th run in this week” to “I got 1 weight session and 3 runs in this week!” (complete with exclamation point). It‘s good to strive for more, but celebrate what you did accomplish (despite being sick AND having a pinched nerve). 🎉 Let‘s focus on the positive and don‘t diminish what you accomplished. You had a great week despite life happening! 🙌🏻 3mo
BarbaraJean You accomplished so much in spite of not feeling well! Self-care and needed rest also count towards your goals, IMO. 😊 3mo
Crazeedi Katie you did super this week! I'm glad I'm on your team!!! 3mo
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cateeoh
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My god, what a devastating and yet gorgeous book. First of all, Tommy Orange: you‘re brilliant. Second, this should be required reading.

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Caterina
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25 minute 2 mile run this morning! 👍 The nerve pain isn't gone yet, but I paid close attention while I ran and it didn't get worse, so I figured it was fine. Made some deer friends both as soon as I stepped out onto the front porch and while I was out for the run! 😊 It felt great to get out there! #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC #BFCr2 #BookNerdHerd @wanderinglynn

Dragonfairykats Glad it's not getting any worse!! Great job! Love the pictures 3mo
BarbaraJean Glad you were able to have your run today!! Hope the nerve pain does get better instead of just not worse. 😊 (edited) 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
Caterina @Dragonfairykats Thank you!! 😊 @wanderinglynn Thanks! @BarbaraJean Thank you!! 💕 I was so excited to make it out there! Hopefully as I continue to take ibuprofen and do some gentle stretching, etc., I'll see improvement. 🤞 3mo
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josie281
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I am devouring this book. I cannot pin point why, but one aspect is the word choices Orange makes. The stories feel like a breeze as you sit in the sun all day.

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Readerann
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Impressive debut by this Native American author. #ToB

Bindrosbookshelf I loved this one ❤️ 4mo
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cewilf
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So my day started with the beach, and ended by finding a British goods store and a cute local bookstore. I may have gotten a good supply of Flakes, Crunchies, and Turkish Delight. However, I will be limiting my candy intake to one treat every two weeks 🙃 #bfc | @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @Megabooks @RachelO @Trashcanman @Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn Flakes are amazing I‘m soooo glad you appreciate them too! And this book was one of the best novels I read last year, absolutely brilliant. Sounds like a good day! #goteam you‘re smashing it (edited) 4mo
Megabooks Awesome!! I have no idea what those candies are, (I can‘t eat chocolate.) but one every two weeks is more willpower than I have!! 4mo
cewilf @Emilymdxn I love them!! With ice cream 😍 and I‘m so glad, I‘ve been wanting to read it and only just decided to buy it! 4mo
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RachelO That sounds like a fantastic day! And I‘m intrigued by a British goods store - tea, marmite and chocolate? Although we do have a fair number of American candy stores round the UK... V impressed by your ‘every two weeks‘ goal. ⭐️ 4mo
Emilymdxn If you get the chance you have to eat a Galaxy Ripple bar 4mo
Tanisha_A This book! Solid read. 4mo
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Joe_Jones
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I read this for my book discussion group I lead next month. I think this will make for a great discussion. It was interesting reading about Native Americans in a major city and the issues they face as opposed to just on a reservation. Even better is that the author is a wonderful writer period. He is definitely now on my list of authors to follow and I look forward to reading whatever else he puts out.

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Jovy
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Unpopular opinion, but I was not blown away like most folks were. It was a quick read and very informative but there were too many characters to keep track and I didn't really connect with them. Maybe I should have read it instead of listening to the audio. #Booked2019 #indigenousauthor

KathyWheeler It felt more like a series of interconnected short stories than a novel. 4mo
Cinfhen I thought his debut was really good but felt it was uneven in some parts. I still really enjoyed it overall and look forward to reading more of his work!! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I felt the same way. It was a good debut but not earthshaking. Narrowing down the character list would have allowed him to get more deeply inside motivations and back story. 4mo
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shawnmooney
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Suet624 😂 😂 😂 So true. 2mo
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Wannabe_Quijote
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Finished this one on a nice Sunday afternoon sitting on my parents‘ front porch in northern Utah. Loved the book, love the view!

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Ravenpuff
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I‘m really excited to read this. It‘s probably going to be sad, but at least I‘m prepared.

RaimeyGallant The last chapter--I was bawling. 4mo
RebL My favorite part is the part about Oklahoma. 😉 4mo
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BeckyandBooks
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Mehso-so

I‘m curious who else has read this one, and what you thought?

I thought it was a pretty quick read, and was curious to see how all the different characters were involved. But then it just ended and I was left wanting more...

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked it. I wasn‘t all that interested at first, but I like how it was woven together. 4mo
scowler1 Took a few pages to get into it but it's a fantastic book. 4mo
BarbaraBB I liked it and learned a lot! 4mo
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nelehelen
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4/5
Beautiful passages in here. I liked the multiple POVs, but thought there were too many. Would‘ve traded in a few for more depth on some of the more interesting characters. Still, a moving and heartbreaking (even maddening) story in the voices of modern Native Americans. Can‘t wait to read more from this author!

#Booked2019

nelehelen @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage this is for the Indigenous Author prompt! 4mo
Cinfhen I thought his debut was really good but felt it was uneven in some parts. I still really enjoyed and look forward to reading more of his work!! 4mo
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