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The Overstory
The Overstory
The Overstory
Audiobook22 hours

The Overstory

Written by Richard Powers

Narrated by Suzanne Toren

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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About this audiobook

A monumental novel about reimagining our place in the living world, by one of our most "prodigiously talented" novelists (New York Times Book Review). The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable 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 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.

Editor's Note

Pulitzer Prize winner…

Richard Powers’ magisterial work is, ultimately, about being unable to see the forest for the trees. Except in this case, it’s human beings who are the trees, and trees that are the forest. Don’t worry; this isn’t an environmental polemic. Or maybe it is, but you’ll be far too engrossed in the writing to notice. “The Overstory” won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateApr 3, 2018
ISBN9781501982026
The Overstory

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