twelve unforgettable characters converge and collide on one fateful day

Intergenerational Book Club at Thomaston Public Library

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THOMASTON — On Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m., the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss There There by Tommy Orange, which was one of 10 Best Books of the Year for 2018 from The New York Book Review.

From the publisher:

Tommy Orange’s story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day.

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 uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s 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.


On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share their opinions and ideas about the selected book. All are welcome.

If you live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, call the library at (207) 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.


It is also time to decide what books the group will read next year. Title suggestions can be brought to November’s meeting or emailed to Caroline at prior to November 19.

In December, the group will discuss the memoir No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol. Copies will be available to borrow at the library and through interlibrary loan. Make sure to let the library know if you would like to request a copy through interlibrary loan – it can take a week or more for a book to arrive.

For more information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453.

Event Date: 

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 2:30pm

Event Location: 

Thomaston Public Library


60 Main Street
Thomaston  Maine
United States