The Overstory (Paperback)
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The Overstory (Paperback)

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Published: 11/04/2019
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Waterstones Says

A story of a vast, unknown and interconnected world above the one we know, Powers' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece brings together nine strangers, each summoned in different ways by trees, to save America's few remaining acres of virgin forest.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2019

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

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.

'It's not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book.' - Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784708245
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 461 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A novel about the natural world - trees specifically - and our power as human beings to destroy it or redeem it. It reminds me that we are all connected and that there is still time to make things right - TAYARI JONES, author of An American Marriage

An extraordinary novel... It's an astonishing performance... The Overstory leaves you with a slightly adjusted frame of reference - Guardian

Should be mandatory reading the world over - EMILIA CLARKE

On almost every page of The Overstory you will find sentences that combine precision and vision. You will learn new facts about trees... [An] exhilarating read - The Times

One of the most thoughtful and involving novels I've read for years... Extraordinary - Daily Telegraph

Absolutely blown away by this epic, heartbreaking novel about us and trees - EMMA DONOGHUE, author of Room and The Pull of the Stars

[A] majestic redwood of a novel... Combines the multi-narrative approach of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas with a paean to the grandeur and wonder of trees... It is fitting that it ends with a message of hope - Observer

A rare specimen: a Great American Eco-Novel... It will change the way you look at trees - Financial Times

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.

[The Overstory is] the best book I’ve read in ten years. It’s a remarkable piece of literature, and the moment it speaks to is climate change. So, for me, it’s a lodestone. It’s a mind-opening fiction, and it connects us all in a very positive way to the things that we have to do if we want to regain our planet. We’ve got lots and lots of trees where we live in Scotland. If I’m feeling unwell or unsettled in any way, I always go and sit with a tree or walk through the trees, and that’s incredibly healing and helpful - Emma Thompson, New York Times

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