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LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021
THE BRAND NEW NOVEL FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING, BOOKER PRIZE-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE OVERSTORY
'It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it. . . . It changed how I see things and that's always, for me, a mark of a book worth reading.' Barack Obama on The Overstory
'Really, just one of the best novels, period.' Ann Patchett on The Overstory
'Breathtaking.' Barbara Kingsolver on The Overstory
Picked as one of the 'Best Books of 2021' in the Sunday Times
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.
'The best book I've read in 10 years. A remarkable piece of literature ... a lodestone.' Emma Thompson on The Overstory
'Radical and exciting.' Jessie Burton on The Overstory
'A remarkable piece of fiction.' New York Times on The Overstory
'An extraordinary novel.' Guardian on The Overstory
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Pulitzer winner Richard Powers’ gorgeous novel about the relationship between a father and son poignantly explores both love and grief. After his wife dies, Theo—an astrobiologist and newly single father—sets off on an incredible journey, navigating uncharted territory with his sensitive and apprehensive son, Robin. Though the duo’s shared passion for the cosmos bonds them together through the dazzling descriptions of dreamed-up landscapes in Theo’s bedtime stories, the grieving Robin becomes increasingly disturbed and violent, and experimental neurofeedback therapy may be his only hope. Powers takes us on an unforgettable journey, offering wise insights into the healing power of wild spaces and the beautiful, complex topography of family relationships. Actor Edoardo Ballerini narrates with the gentleness of a bedtime story and the expansive sense of wonder of a fairy tale. Bewilderment is a deeply intimate novel that will touch your heart and galvanize you to protect our beautiful planet.
Is something going to happen...
It’s about a single parent raising his son, nothing exciting happens, nothing happens really.