STAFF PICK: The Overstory


Sarah’s Staff Pick for September: “I was a bit daunted by the weight when Amaryllis pressed The Overstory by Richard Powers into my hands as I left on my hols but wow, what a wise, surprising, thought-provoking, brilliantly readable novel it is. I hugged many trees in Scotland after reading it.”
This is the story of these and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by the natural world, who are brought together in a last stand to save it from catastrophe.

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

Paperback; 352 pages; 278g;