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There There: Introduction
There There: Plot Summary
There There: Detailed Summary & Analysis
There There: Themes
There There: Quotes
There There: Characters
There There: Symbols
There There: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Tommy Orange
Historical Context of There There
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- Full Title: There There
- When Written: 2010-2016
- Where Written: Oakland, California
- When Published: 2018
- Literary Period: Contemporary, Postmodern
- Genre: Fiction
- Setting: Oakland, CA
- Climax: Tony Loneman, Octavio Gomez, Calvin Johnson, and two others rob the Big Oakland Powwow—but when the job goes wrong, a shootout ensues, claiming the lives of several of the novel’s Native characters who have gathered at the powwow to connect and celebrate their heritage.
- Point of View: First, second, and third person
Extra Credit for There There
Long Haul. Tommy Orange got the idea for the book that would become There There in 2010. He spent the next six years developing his characters and finding ways to make their paths converge around the fictional Big Oakland Powwow.