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Publisher Description

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

Winner of the William Dean Howells Medal

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Over One Year on the New York Times Bestseller List

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.

Fiction & Literature
April 3
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

HabsFan1004 ,

Divinely braided words

I highlighted so many parts of this book as I read it because Powers managed to somehow impeccably articulate observations and life experiences with his words. Reading this book was a gift I hope to unwrap again and again.

KCW518 ,

Soooo well written

Beautiful prose and certainly a relevant message for our times. I cannot believe the depth of knowledge the author has in so many disparate fields. Super impressive. I didn’t love the end but nevertheless think it is an important and elegant novel!

W Hemlock ,

You hear or you don’t

Reading reviews one would think that two different books are being reviewed here. Some will never be able to hear the forest but all of us will pay for it.

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