Bewilderment (Hardback)Richard Powers (author)
The author of The Overstory returns with an arresting tale about the need to keep those we love safe that follows a widowed young father, faced with the task of bringing up his son who has a little-understood health condition.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.
Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend's face with a metal thermos.
What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son's desperate campaign to help save this one.
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 28 mm
'With its first few pages, Powers' novel completely captivated us and with its last, it bowled us over. Powers creates a texture and specificity to our future that feels simultaneously sweepingly large and breathtakingly intimate, told through the most relatable point of view: the ferocious love of a parent for his child and his struggle to provide him a better tomorrow.' - Leigh Kittay, Black Bear's Head of Film
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I have never read Richard Powers before even though The Overstory has been repeatedly recommended to me, clearly something I should now correct.
This book is... More
“Surely destined to be one of the best loved novels of 2021 - a book which will stimulates your mind, challenges your conscience and move your heart”
"They share a lot, astronomy and childhood. Both are voyages across huge distances. Both search for facts beyond their grasp. Both theorize wildly and let possibilities multiply without limits. Both are humbled... More
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Where do I begin? 'Bewilderment' was a beautiful book - moving, transformative in its prose, and deeply luminous. After... More
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