Knopf. $25.95. Tommy Orange has created a rich cast of characters connected in interesting ways, including a child who was given up for adoption, who readers will assume must show up eventually. Tommy Orange. Book Quotes: "There There" November 28, 2018 Dan Sacher. This section contains 1,412 words there there by Tommy Orange ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2018 Orange’s debut novel offers a kaleidoscopic look at Native American life in Oakland, California, through the experiences and perspectives of 12 characters. Tommy Orange–THERE THERE Jul 19th, 2018 by mary “[Author Gertrude Stein often talked] about how the place where she’d grown up in Oakland had changed so much, that so much development had happened there, that the there there, was gone, there was no there there anymore….This quote is important to Dene. Tommy Orange. This Study Guide consists of approximately 117 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of There There. Taking the title from Stein’s quote, Tommy Orange’s debut novel There, There applies a similar sentiment to the Native American experience in contemporary America. Told from a multitude of perspectives, the work is a tapestry of voices that forms a picture of indigenous life in Oakland, California. A quote from Jean Genet begins the fourth section of There, There: “A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.” (227) Tommy Orange’s book is such a dream. Author: Tommy Orange Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. 294 pages. There There Quotes. About Book. Tommy Orange’s debut novel has been one of the few fiction titles to break through in a year when politics and Trump-related books have sucked much of the air out of the room. Last Updated on October 25, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Print Word PDF. When Orvil Red Feather, one of a rotating cast of speakers in Tommy Oranges’ first novel, “There There… There is no there there. To start, Orange introduces a motif that shows up throughout American history under the heading "Indian Head." He first describes the Indian Head test pattern that was broadcast on American television from the image’s creation in 1939 until the late 1970s. Tommy Orange’s novel There There jumps through time and among the voices of 12 narrators, but its sense of place is constant and intentional.From the … THERE THERE.By Tommy Orange. Word Count: 689. Summary: The prologue to Tommy Orange’s debut novel is an incisive, darkly humorous essay on the Native American experience. But it takes a while to get there; the development of the book feels a little tedious.