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The Overstory: A Novel

The Overstory: A Novel

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

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ISBN 9780393635522
Barcode 9780393635522
Published 16 March 2018 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Powers, Richard
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ISBN-13 9780393635522
ISBN-10 039363552X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 16 March 2018
International Publication Date 3 April 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Powers, Richard
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 512
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 43mm
Weight 770g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Environmental protection, Nature stories, Trees, Environmental responsibility, Forests and forestry
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 885912

Description of this Book

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-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 a hundred 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for New York Times Notable Selection 2018 -- Short-listed for PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2019 -- Short-listed for Man Booker Prize 2018 -- Short-listed for ABA Indies Choice Book Award 2019 -- Short-listed for PEN/Jean Stein Book Award 2019
NZ Review This book is beyond special. Richard Powers manages to turn trees into vivid and engaging characters, something that indigenous people have done for eons but that modern literature has rarely if ever even attempted. It's not just a completely absorbing, even overwhelming book; it's a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed -- Bill McKibben

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Author's Bio

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels. His most recent, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. He is also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and he has been a four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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