This book has a huge number of characters – 12 – but somehow, it’s not hard to keep up in the story about why these people make their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. For some, it’s a chance to carry on tradition, for some it’s an opportunity to reconnect with long lost family, and for others, it’s an attempt to break out of poverty by robbing the event of the award money.
Orange is a new author writing about urban Native Americans, a topic rarely touched upon in contemporary literature. He deserves to be up there with Sherman Alexie as required reading. This is more than just a story of Native Americans, it’s a story most of us can relate to, as we all have been touched in some way by addiction, abuse and poverty. It’s also a reminder of how decisions made in our past can have lasting effects on our future.