Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the novel is a sweeping epic that spans centuries and follows nine main characters linked by their interactions with nature and trees. One of the main characters is inspired by Suzanne Simard, who made a breakthrough discovery about the ability of trees to communicate (check her “Finding the Mother Tree”).
As we follow the protagonists in their struggle to understand “what the fuck went wrong with mankind”, we embark on a philosophical exploration of the relationships among humans and between humans and the natural world. The novel ends, however, with a message of hope... perhaps it is still possible for humanity to redeem itself?
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.
Praise and awards
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
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