The Overstory (Hardcover)

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A massive oak of a novel, Overstory follows nine people's branching stories, their lives converging in the united effort of saving a stand of virgin forest in the Northwest. Trees connect everything, the novel told in three parts, from the roots to the trunk to the crown, stories building converging and unfurling.   A powerful reminder of the natural world so many take for granted—an ode to trees, their presence, importance and history. --Rachel

— From Staff Favorites List- Spring 2018

"An epic story of nine strangers drawn together to save an old growth forest, this is an ambitious work of activism and beauty."  —Rachel

— From The Most Brilliant Books of 2018

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


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.

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393635522
ISBN-10: 039363552X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 512
Language: English