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Tommy Orange, There There

It's so strange when someone else in the book club chooses a book that's almost exactly up my alley.

Our method is that we try not to influence each other's selections very much. Every so often, we choose a new roster of titles, one from each club member, and the only real criteria is that you can't have read it yourself yet. Ideally no one else has read it either, and only in special circumstances should you be prevailed upon not to choose what you want, and the result is that over any eight-month period, I get to read six or seven books that I wouldn't have chosen.

And then there was Tommy Orange's There There. According to the back-cover blurb, "Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not realize." If you're thinking there's tons of potential there, you're exactly right, and by and large, Ora…

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