The Overstory

The Overstory Book Summary

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.

Title:The Overstory
Edition Language:English



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    The Overstory Reviews

  • 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 d...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Richard 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 i...

  • 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

    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 Powerss 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 demonstra...

  • Justin Tate

    The Overstory is part short stories, part tree porn, part rant, and part ramble. It adds up to an impressive literary achievement that will linger with me for a long time, even while the reading exper...

  • Trudie

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensityPowers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The...

  • 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 revi...