The Overstory

The Overstory

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, 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.
Publisher: 2018.
ISBN: 9780393635539
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Nov 14, 2020

A great book. I absolutely loved it. I felt that the author should have ended it about 2/3 of the way through. But despite that, it was an excellent story with good complex characters.

Oct 19, 2020

Very informative and nicely written but The Legacy of Luna by Julia “Butterfly” Hill is a superior first person account on the topic.

Oct 09, 2020

This book is so innovative... which kept me going in the slower parts. I'm so glad I did keep going - the ending was fantastic.

Sep 27, 2020


Aug 30, 2020

I loved the back stories of the soon to be interwoven characters. At first I was worried that I'd picked up a volume of short stories, but soon some met to propel the plot forward, and others provided philosophical and scientific support to the plot. All were heartfelt. All provided nuggets of wisdom and reasons why we have to value our trees in other than dollar value, in a most entertaining way.

Aug 29, 2020

Really wanted to love this book, because I have grown to appreciate every part of nature and each move mankind makes to eliminate, devour, use up our natural resources is painful. So I hoped this would help remove some sadness about deforestation. The first eight stories were terrific, but then.... couldn’t keep the characters straight and they became more and more superficial. I could no longer relate to them. I forced myself to continue, but abandoned it after 350 pages. Very disappointed.

Aug 15, 2020

I could not get into this book. I quit!

Jul 16, 2020

Too hyper, too promotional, too superior, too trite; and too long; USA-centric.

Jun 24, 2020

I am really enjoying this book. The characters are alive as well as the trees.

Reading this during Shelter-in-place and a pandemic has made me slow down and appreciate what I have. This book has allowed me to enjoy the wonders of nature, and look a little deeper.

May 20, 2020

This was my favourite book from 2019, by far. I still look at trees in a different way after reading this.

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Aug 09, 2019

Page 84 of the hardback: “...the greatest flaw of the species is its overwhelming tendency to mistake agreement for truth.”

Aug 09, 2019

Page 7 of the hardback: “Life is a battle between the Maker and His creation.”


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