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Tommy Orange ‘There There’ debut novel of the year Native American Cheyenne Arapaho Oakland writer

His novel is about urban Indians, about whom he writes, in his bravura prologue, “We know the sound of the freeway better than we do rivers, the howl of distant trains better than wolf howls, we know the smell of gas and freshly wet concrete and burned rubber better than we do the smell of cedar or sage or even fry bread.” An Energetic Revelation of a Corner of American Life, New York Times book review by Dwight Garner.