by Richard Powers

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction

Bewilderment Synopsis

Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend's face with a metal thermos.

What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son's desperate campaign to help save this one.

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ISBN: 9781785152634
Publication date: 21st September 2021
Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Richard Powers Press Reviews

On The Overstory: It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it . . . It changed how I see things and that's always, for me, a mark of a book worth reading. -- Barack Obama

One of our most lavishly gifted writers - New Yorker

Nothing less than brilliant -- John Updike

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

Exhilarating . . . on almost every page you will find sentences that combine precision and vision - The Times

On The Overstory: The best book I've read in ten years. A remarkable piece of literature -- Emma Thompson On The Overstory:

An extraordinary novel . . . an astonishing performance . . . he is incredibly good at turning science into poetry - Guardian

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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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