The Overstory

The Overstory

Title:The Overstory
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393356687
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:502 pages

The Overstory 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.

A New York Times Bestseller.


    The Overstory Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale

    Powers’ structural approach to The Overstory breaks with traditional plotting. The result is two books in one, each designed to appeal to a different type of reader. The flaw in this approach is tha...

  • Lisa

    I sit in silence, holding the paperback copy of The Overstory in my hands, thinking of trees. Wondering which trees grew to become the books on my shelves. Wondering which ones became the cherry tree ...

  • Roxane

    This book has an interesting structure and it is well-written. I get what Powers is going for conceptually. The character sketches, which read like short stories are wonderful. But then the book gets....

  • Neil

    Further Update. I can't help it: Powers' writing does something to me. I've now finished a re-read of this book and I am going back to 5 stars. It's a book that really rewards a second reading. It is ...

  • Paula Kalin

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2018, The Overstory is a brilliant and passionate book about humans and their relationship to trees and the natural environment.The first half of the book is exceptio...

  • Paromjit

    This has won the Pulitzer Prize!!Richard Powers writes with ambition, passion and reverence on the world of trees, their ancient intelligence and their central place in the fragile ecosystem. This is ...

  • Ron Charles

    Richard Powers’s “The Overstory” soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction.Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers ...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    2019 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction! This dense, literary book will make you think.… when you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. Final r...

  • Beata

    Having bought this book months ago, I started wondering if I spent my money well. Although I enjoy making my own mind regarding my reading choices, I couldn’t escape coming across many reviews, both...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme...