The Overstory (2018)
"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period." ―Ann Patchett
What is the novel really about?
The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’ twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours―vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
Why do I think it's worth reading?
In as much ― or in as little ― as we can learn from Moby Dick about whales, The Overstory will teach us about trees! Yet there’s profound wisdom and drama to be found at the intersection of human and nonhuman nature!
What do you think?
This is the kind of book that opens your eyes to seeing a new world for the first time, or viewing a known realm through new lenses. What did it open your eyes to?
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