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Conversation-Starting ‘There There’ Is a Literary Hit

For his debut novel “There There,” in which a dozen Native Americans of varying ages, backgrounds and back stories converge on an Oakland, Calif., powwow, Tommy Orange was determined to veer away from what he considered “the sad, stoic, dumb Indian” stereotype.

Instead, he wrote characters such as Orvil, a boy who teaches himself Indian dances by watching YouTube videos, and Daniel, whose friends plan to rob the powwow using guns he has learned to make from a 3-D printer.

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