Wheelers Books

The Overstory: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

The Overstory: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
 

Nine strangers, each in different ways, become summoned by trees, brought together in a last stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.

This title can only be ordered as part of Wheelers ePlatform - a library lending platform for schools and public libraries.

Log in with an ePlatform enabled account.

This title is firm sale. Please select carefully as returns are not accepted.

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781473554481
Barcode 9781473554481
Published 5 April 2018 by Random House
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Powers, Richard
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

... view full title details below.

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781473554481
ISBN-10 1473554489
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Random House
Imprint Cornerstone Digital
Publication Date 5 April 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Powers, Richard
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 512
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 940400

Description of this Electronic Book

u u u SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 u u u 'Autumn makes me think of leaves, which makes me think of trees, which makes me think of The Overstory, the best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period.' - Ann Patchett'It's a masterpiece.' - Tim Winton'It's not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book.' - Margaret AtwoodA monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most 'prodigiously talented' (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.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: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 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.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.

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An extraordinary novel ... It's an astonishing performance ...He's incredibly good at describing trees, at turning the science into poetry ...The book is full of ideas ... Like Moby-Dick, The Overstory leaves you with a slightly adjusted frame of reference ... Some of what was happening to his characters passed into my conscience, like alcohol into the bloodstream, and left a feeling behind of grief or guilt, even after I put it down. Which is one test of the quality of a novel.

^ top

Author's Bio

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, including Orfeo (which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), The Echo Maker, The Time of Our Singing, Galatea 2.2 and Plowing the Dark. He is the recipient of a MacArthur grant and the National Book Award, and has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time NBCC finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

^ top