The Overstory (Paperback)

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Here is a book about trees: their root systems, their destruction, and our absolute unimportance in the face of their ancientness. The Overstory - Richard Powers' magnum opus - is a tangled epic, spanning a century of poorly-lived life in America, proof that the best writing you're likely to read in this era of immanent environmental apocalypse is going to be about, say, trees. Since I finished The Overstory I have looked at the world in an entirely different way, and I can't remember the last time a book has done that to me.

— Madeleine

April 2018 Indie Next List

“The Overstory, which contains an energy like that of the trees that link its intertwining stories, is nothing short of stunning. Such links between the human and non-human are mostly hidden to us, but only because we tend not to look very closely (or prefer not to see). Powers' most beautiful sentences are also the most devastating, which hints at the novel's hope that death - whether of a person or a plant - is never quite the end that it seems. Until, that is, we look, or prefer, finally, to see. As we are instructed near the novel's end, 'What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down.' Plainly put: The Overstory is perhaps as close to such a miracle as we currently deserve.”
— Brad Johnson, East Bay Booksellers, Oakland, CA


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018

"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period." --Ann Patchett.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393356687
ISBN-10: 039335668X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 512
Language: English