The Overstory (Hardcover)

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Richard Powers's The Overstory is an enviornmental epic of new proportions.  The 500 pages of this book takes some time, but whether you're a nature-lover or not, whether you're a tree-hugger or not, whether you've read a lot of biological nonfiction or not, this story will change how you see and feel the plants in your life.  Consider this a 500 page meditation on current ecology. A philosophical and social exploration of what it means to do right. A question of human omniscience.  "We need to stop being visitors here. We need to live where we live, to become indigenous again."  Read it if you have the time, and maybe even if you don't.


April 2018 Indie Next List

“The Overstory, which contains an energy like that of the trees that link its intertwining stories, is nothing short of stunning. Such links between the human and non-human are mostly hidden to us, but only because we tend not to look very closely (or prefer not to see). Powers' most beautiful sentences are also the most devastating, which hints at the novel's hope that death - whether of a person or a plant - is never quite the end that it seems. Until, that is, we look, or prefer, finally, to see. As we are instructed near the novel's end, 'What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down.' Plainly put: The Overstory is perhaps as close to such a miracle as we currently deserve.”
— Brad Johnson, East Bay Booksellers, Oakland, CA


Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
A New York Times Notable, Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018

A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most "prodigiously talented" (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780393635522
ISBN-10: 039363552X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 512
Language: English