À Oakland, dans la baie de San Francisco, les Indiens ne vivent pas sur une réserve mais dans un univers façonné par la rue et par la pauvreté, où chacun porte les traces d'une histoire douloureuse. Pourtant, tous les membres de cette communauté disparate tiennent à célébrer la beauté d'une culture que l'Amérique a bien failli engloutir. À l'occasion d'un grand pow-wow, douze personnages, hommes et femmes, jeunes et moins jeunes, vont voir leurs destins se lier. Ensemble, ils vont faire l'expérience de la violence et de la destruction, comme leurs ancêtres tant de fois avant eux.
Débordant de rage et de poésie, ce premier roman, en cours de traduction dans plus d'une vingtaine de langues, impose une nouvelle voix saisissante, véritable révélation littéraire aux États-Unis. Macadam Indian a été consacré « Meilleur roman de l'année » par l'ensemble de la presse américaine. Finaliste du prix Pulitzer et du National Book Award, il a reçu plusieurs récompenses prestigieuses dont le PEN/Hemingway Award.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A thunderclap' Marlon James 'Astonishing' Margaret Atwood, via Twitter 'Pure soaring beauty' Colm Toibin ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK 2018 AN OPRAH MAGAZINE TOP 15 BEST BOOK 2018 WINNER OF THE WRITER'S CENTER FIRST NOVEL 2018 AWARD Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and hoping to reconnect with her estranged family. That's why she is there. Dene is there because he has been collecting stories to honour his uncle's death, while Edwin is looking for his true father and Opal came to watch her boy Orvil dance.
All of them are connected by bonds they may not yet understand. All of them are here for the celebration that is the Big Oakland Powwow. But Tony Loneman is also there. And Tony has come to the Powow with darker intentions.
'An exhilarating, polyphonic debut novel... Dazzling' Daily Telegraph 'Lyrical and playful, shaking and shimmering with energy... Orange creates beauty out of tragedy' Guardian 'Bold and engrossing... Orange has got under his characters' skins, allowing them to speak for themselves' Financial Times
ONE OF THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW WINNER OF THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR , Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, GQ, The Dallas Morning News, Buzzfeed, BookPage, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLER Tommy Oranges groundbreaking, extraordinary ( The New York Times ) There There is the brilliant, propulsive ( People Magazine ) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. Its the years most galvanizing debut novel ( Entertainment Weekly ). As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow--some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent--momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncles death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncles memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss. There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen . Its masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating ( The Washington Post ) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard--a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and its destined to be a classic.