The Overstory (Hardcover)

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Wow. This book blew me away. Six pages in and I was raving about it to anyone who'd listen. Branching seamlessly from literary realism to surrealism and back again, this massive tale winds the lives of several different people together through the deep, all-knowing magic of trees. What if trees are much smarter than humans, and manipulate select human lives to sut their all-encompassing and enigmatic wills? The Overstory proposes such an idea, and does so in a way that will make your heart bleed green. Every lyrical sentence glows with luminous truth. Read this and you'll never see trees the same way again.

— Jessamyn

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.


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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