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The Overstory: A Novel
 

The Overstory: A Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Powers, Richard

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An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, di...es, 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 four, 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. In his twelfth novel, National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel 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, The Overstory 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, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. 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. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity's self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? Listen. There's something you need to hear.
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ISBN 9780393356687
Released NZ 9 Apr 2019
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780393356687
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Released 9 Apr 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Powers, Richard
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 512
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 813.54
Weight 573g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Nature stories, Trees, Novels, Nature fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade

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