A Towering Achievement

Oct 3, 2021 | Books that inform, Tree Matters

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.

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.

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

“It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it …
It changed how I see things and that’s always, for me, a mark of a book worth reading.”
― Barack Obama

“A towering achievement by a major writer.”
Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland

“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 New York Times Book Review


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