The Overstory (Hardcover)

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The Overstory is a powerful and provocative story about the world of trees and how that world mingles with our own. Each of Powers's characters bursts from the page, and the interweaving of their stories with those of the trees they know is both emotional and energizing. Powers is a continuously surprising writer in whose work it’s always easy to find details, phrases, and ideas in which to delight. This is a story that leaves deep roots, so much so that I couldn’t help but imagine growing vines with each flip of the page, and my eyes kept finding their way back to the big tree outside my front window. -Alex

— From Spring Booknotes 2018

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

A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most "prodigiously talented" (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780393635522
ISBN-10: 039363552X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 512
Language: English