The Overstory

A Novel

paperback, 512 pages

Published April 2, 2019 by W. W. Norton & Company.

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4 stars (10 reviews)

The Overstory, winner of the 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’s 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.

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This is beautiful writing, full of wonder and especially admiration for nature. I've always had deep cynical tendencies, in the Diogenes sense of that word, and while the pandemic was bringing those back to the surface this book lit them on fire. It doesn't offer pleasant answers, and maybe that's realistic, but it does offer beauty and sympathy that I was grateful for.

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