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The Overstory (Hardcover)

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The short version of my reccomendation is this: it's the novelization of The Hidden Life of Trees. But even that doesn't quite do it justice. Powers' book is profound in its understanding of the science of (and the communication between) threes, but also in its appreciation of the links between the human and non-human. His most beautiful sentences are also the most devestating, and he uses these links to explorethe idea that while death is certainly an end, it is not necessarily the one we imagine. Look to the trees, and we'll see that time is never quite done with us. In this vein, a character elaborates late in the novel, "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

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

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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.


Coverage from NPR

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