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Tommy Orange

Auteur de There There

5+ oeuvres 4,889 utilisateurs 213 critiques

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Comprend les noms: Tommy Orange (author)

Crédit image: Author Tommy Orange at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Œuvres de Tommy Orange

There There (2018) 4,458 exemplaires, 195 critiques
Wandering Stars (2024) 417 exemplaires, 17 critiques
A Cage Went in Search of a Bird: Ten Kafkaesque Stories (2024) — Contributeur — 11 exemplaires, 1 critique
The State 2 exemplaires
The Team 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology (2023) — Contributeur — 478 exemplaires, 7 critiques
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel (2022) — Contributeur — 217 exemplaires, 9 critiques
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contributeur — 114 exemplaires, 4 critiques


Partage des connaissances

Nom légal
Orange, Tommy
Date de naissance
Lieu de naissance
Oakland, Californië, USA
Lieux de résidence
Angels Camp, Californië, USA
Institute of American Indian Arts (MFA)



4.5 stars. A very brutal but enlightening book. I enjoyed the writing as well as how the lives of all these people were woven together. It did seem to end a bit abruptly. I was looking for a few more ends to be tied up but overall an excellent read (or listen).
slittleson | 194 autres critiques | Jul 9, 2024 |
I remember my main complaint with 'There There' was that it seemed rushed to being published and I thought I was seeing problems. I was willing to revisit the characters from 'There There' in this book! The theme here is addiction in all forms, which is certainly an important topic for a book. I see what Orange is doing, but the writing, the plot, even the sentences are just so disjointed, disconnected, scattered.... which I bet is entirely the point that Orange is trying to make, unless it is just his writing style that is like this to me. The book overall is just okay for me. I want to love Orange's writing more than I do (which I think is actually a sentence in this book somewhere). I am just not the reader for his books but I so wish I was! I'm glad he is getting readerly support elsewhere, anyway! But I AM GLAD I read this at least for one very specific reason...... the mention of Return to Oz on page 133!! I have loved Return to Oz forever. You mean this movie really exists in the world and not just in my brain?!?… (plus d'informations)
booklove2 | 16 autres critiques | Jun 28, 2024 |
Whoa, that packed an emotional punch. Great writing and would probably give it a higher rating if I was in a different state of mind. Just really hard to feel all the sadness and despair, I've been reading too many books like this and need a lighter read. I will read Wandering Stars when I'm in the right emotional place for it :)
carolfoisset | 194 autres critiques | Jun 28, 2024 |
Tommy Orange is a modern Native American author whose previous book, There There, was a Pulitzer runner-up and won other distinguished awards. His writing style is random or wandering, but his message is clear. He wants readers to understand how many ways the United States government has tried to eradicate the Natives from the land. He essentially writes a survival story for his people, the Cheyenne and Arapaho, and all Native Americans who have maintained a sense of identity through the generations.

A Washington Post review claims the book Wandering Stars "explores a legacy of trauma that flows through a Native American family." That sums up this historical fiction story. Tommy Orange's fictional characters experience actual events in a way that forces readers to consider the efforts to exterminate natives throughout American history. Through this author's eyes, we see well-known historical figures such as Teddy Roosevelt in a new light.

Jude Star, a character who survived the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, gets sent to a Florida prison and meets up with Richard Henry Pratt, the founder of the Carlisle Indian School, where Indians were expected to assimilate and, of course, lose their cultural identity. Jude's name seems to remind us of another genocide, and although Jude survives, he is mute, and his descendants feel the trauma in multiple ways.

Jude Star's son, Charles, is sent to the Carlisle School a generation later and experiences the same brutal treatment as his father. Charles meets Opal Viola, and together, they hope to build a life free from the harsh treatment they experienced. The story covers several generations of Jude's and Opal's descendants still struggling with addictions, persecution, and misunderstood identity.

Through the book's episodes, the characters experience torment by white people's efforts to civilize, Christianize, and assimilate them. From the Native point of view expressed in this novel, whites will not be satisfied unless Natives become white. Opal's great-nephew, Orvil Red Feather, a character from Orange's previous book, is a main character in this one. Orvil views Opal as his grandmother and relies on her as well as his biological grandmother, Jacquie, an alcoholic. Orvil is the survivor of a gunshot wound in 2018 and addicted to painkillers. He befriends a boy named Sean, who is a Native and Black, adopted by white parents. Their bond is based on the trauma they seek to navigate. Both hunger for knowledge of their heritage and realize that the past is always with them. In essence, these younger members of the multigenerational family in Wandering Stars demonstrate that the past will always be with their people.

If you are looking for a book where the plot follows a predictable line and ends with closure, this book is not for you. There is much movement from different timeframes and more questions than answers. Orange's carefully chosen language will move you as he tries to find hope, spirituality, identity, and solutions for his characters, who represent his people.
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LindaLoretz | 16 autres critiques | Jun 27, 2024 |


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