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The Overstory

by Richard Powers

Audiobooks of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Sci-Fi and Fantasy

The Overstory Synopsis

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Overstory by Richard Powers, read by Suzanne Toren.

The Overstory 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:

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan.

An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut.

A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light.

A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

These four, and five other strangers – each summoned in different ways by trees – are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.

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.

The Overstory Press Reviews

‘Autumn makes me think of leaves, which makes me think of trees, which makes me think of The Overstory, the best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period.’ Ann Patchett

'It's a masterpiece.' - Tim Winton

'It’s not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book.' - Margaret Atwood

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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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781473566859
Publication date: 06/09/2019
Publisher: Carnerstone Digital
Format: Audiobook

ISBN: 9781785151637
Publication date: 19/09/2018
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473566859
Publication date: 6th September 2019
Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: Carnerstone Digital
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Audiobooks of the Month, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Richard Powers

Richard Powers has been a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as a winner of the US National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of eight novels, including The Time of our Singing, Plowing the Dark, and Gain. He lives in Los Angeles.

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