Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period." —Ann Patchett
The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel 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. 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Overstory is an intricate, compassionate, and searching novel whose threads interlock like the roots of sequoia trees in a redwood forest. It starts a century before the central conflict—the timber wars in Oregon—and revolves around nine characters whose lives are dramatically impacted by trees. Richard Powers writes beautifully about the environment and its impact on human beings. His story urges us to see nature not as an abstract concept but as an inextricable part of our daily existence, surrounding us like a forest and moving through us like sap.
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This ambitious book was a disappointment to me. The various segments did not come together in the weaving process of the story. Too often the writing descended into long monologues or overblown plot that felt more like crass popular fiction than artful character development and storytelling.
Haunting and Life-Changing
A magnificent work that will haunt you and lead you to action. You will never look at our world the same way again. Brought me to tears many times, but there is hope. Read this, it will disturb and move you.
Most satisfying book I have ever read
I was deeply touched and inspired by the ecological metaphors, the ringing theme that humans are newcomers to this complex system few of whom notice the brilliance and sanctity of biological life. I presume the negative reviews are from humans tied to their narcissistic lot unquestioningly. Please ignore the doubters and read this book. Truly life changing.