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The Overstory

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
A monumental novel about reimagining our place in the living world, by one of our most "prodigiously talented" novelists (New York Times Book Review).

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

These and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by trees, are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Monumental…The Overstory accomplishes what few living writers from either camp, art or science, could attempt. Using the tools of the story, he pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility, while watching our own kind get whittled down to size....A gigantic fable of genuine truths." - Barbara Kingsolver

"The Overstory is a visionary, accessible legend for the planet that owns us, its exaltation and its peril, a remarkable achievement by a great writer." - Thomas McGuane


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April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Overstory: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
Author(s): Richard Powers
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Title: The Overstory: A Novel
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Title: The Overstory
Author(s): Richard Powers
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Title: The Overstory: A Novel
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Title: The Overstory
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Title: The Overstory
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April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Overstory: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
Author(s): Richard Powers
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Title: The Overstory: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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