One Page: Tommy Orange
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In There There, Cheyenne and Arapaho author, Tommy Orange, explores identity and the role of Native Americans in contemporary urban America (in this case, Oakland, California). Inspired by a Gertrude Stein line about Oakland and all the ways it changed upon her return (“there is no there there”), Orange plays with this paradox of cities being both permanent and ever-changing places of nostalgia, desperation and success. The best-selling novel, one of America’s most critically acclaimed works of fiction in recent years, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer.
Orange speaks with Anishinaabe journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice.