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The Overstory : Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 - Richard Powers

The Overstory

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

Paperback Published: 16th April 2019
ISBN: 9781784708245
Number Of Pages: 640

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018, a wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe

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 crew member 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.

About the Author

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, including Orfeo (which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), The Echo Maker, The Time of Our Singing, Galatea 2.2 and Plowing the Dark. He is the recipient of a MacArthur grant and the National Book Award, and has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time NBCC finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Industry Reviews

‘The best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period’ Ann Patchett

‘Breathtaking’ - Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times

‘It’s a masterpiece’ - Tim Winton

‘It’s not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book’ - Margaret Atwood

‘An astonishing performance’ - Benjamin Markovits, Guardian

“ [The Overstory] whirls together so many characters, so much research and such a jostle of intersecting ideas that, at times, it feels like a landbound companion to Moby-Dick’s digressional and obsessive whale tale ... One of the most thoughtful and involving novels I’ve read for years ... This long book is astonishingly light on its feet, and its borrowings from real research are conducted with verve ... The propulsive style and the enthusiastic reverence of Powers’s writing about nature keep it whizzing through any amount of linked observations on literary criticism, political science and statistical analysis. It’s an extraordinary novel, alert to the large ideas and humanely generous to the small ones; in an age of cramped autofictions and self-scrutinising miniatures, it blossoms. ” - Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

ISBN: 9781784708245
ISBN-10: 1784708240
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 16th April 2019
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.46