TOMMY ORANGE is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.
"Bravura... There There has so much jangling energy and
brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that
it's a revelation... its appearance marks the passing of a
--Dwight Garner, The New York Times "Sweeping and subtle...pure soaring beauty."
--Colm Toibin, The New York Times "A rush of intensity and fervor... Bursting with talent and big ideas... Funny and profane and conscious of the violence that runs like a scar through American culture."
--Jeff Baker, The Seattle Times "A new kind of American epic... one that reflects his ambivalence and the complexity of [Orange's] upbringing."
--Alexandra Alter, The New York Times "Masterful. White-hot. A devastating debut novel."
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post "A gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary debut!"
--Margaret Atwood, via Twitter "Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American Fiction. THERE THERE is a comic vision haunted by profound sadness. Tommy Orange is a new writer with an old heart."
--Louise Erdrich, Birchbark Books
"THERE THERE drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explosive sound of 21st century literature finally announcing itself. Essential."
--Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings "There There is a miraculous achievement, a book that wields ferocious honesty and originality in service of telling a story that needs to be told. This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book - a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall."
--Omar El Akkad, author of American War "There There is an urgent, invigorating, absolutely vital book by a novelist with more raw virtuosic talent than any young writer I've come across in a long, long time. Maybe ever. Tommy Orange is a stylist with substance, a showboater with a deeply moral compass. I want to call him heir to Gertrude Stein by way of George Saunders, but he is even more original than that. This book will make your heart swell."
--Claire Vaye Watkins "This is Tommy Orange. Remember his name. His book's gonna blow the roof off."
--Pam Houston "A symphonic debut...Engrossing... There There introduces an exciting voice."
--Booklist (starred review) "Commanding...The propulsion of both the overall narrative and its players are breathtaking as Orange unpacks how decisions of the past mold the present, resulting in a haunting and gripping story."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Visceral... A chronicle of domestic violence, alcoholism, addiction, and pain, the book reveals the perseverance and spirit of the characters... Unflinching candor... Highly recommended."
--Library Journal (starred review) "Kaleidoscopic... In this vivid and moving book, Orange articulates the challenges and complexities not only of Native Americans, but also of America itself."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)