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The Overstory

A Novel

by Richard Powers

*THE MILLION-COPY GLOBAL BESTSELLER
*WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION*

A wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe.

'It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it' Barack Obama

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. An Air Force crewmember in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan.

This is the story of these and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by the natural world, who are brought together in a last stand to save it from catastrophe.

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

'Really, just one of the best novels, period' Ann Patchett

'Radical and exciting' Jessie Burton

'Breath-taking' Barbara Kingsolver

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Pages:

640

Published:

16 Apr 2019

Format

Paperback

Publisher

Penguin Random House

Imprint

Arrow

ISBN:

9781784708245

*THE MILLION-COPY GLOBAL BESTSELLER
*WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION*

A wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe.



'It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it' Barack Obama


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. An Air Force crewmember in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan.

This is the story of these and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by the natural world, who are brought together in a last stand to save it from catastrophe.



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




'Really, just one of the best novels, period' Ann Patchett




'Radical and exciting' Jessie Burton




'Breath-taking' Barbara Kingsolver

$26.00

Richard Power never disappoints and this 2018 novel is no exception. The book follows nine strangers as they're brought together through various natural catastrophes, exploring the ageless omnipotence of trees & their relationship to the human race. Fantastic!!

Anneke (Unity Wellington since 2022)