Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 512 pages
Audiobook Length: 23 hours and 58 minutes
First Published: 2018
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.
Quotes from The Overstory
The best arguments in the world won’t change a person’s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story.
What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down.
This is not our world with trees in it. It’s a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.
You can’t come back to something that is gone.
There is no knowing for a fact. The only dependable things are humility and looking.
About Richard Powers
Richard Powers is an author whose works include The Overstory, Bewilderment, and The Time of Our Singing. He currently lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Visit the author’s website →