The Overstory

The Overstory

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Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2019A 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 20th-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 100 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.

The Overstory, a 2018 novel by Richard Powers, tells the entwined stories of trees and the people who care for them. The novel spans several centuries and continents, following the lives of people whose lives are shaped by trees, and the trees themselves, as they bear witness to the changing world around them.

The novel begins in the present day, with a group of scientists who are studying the effects of climate change on trees. They are joined by a group of activists who are fighting to protect the trees from logging. The novel then travels back in time to tell the stories of people who have been connected to trees in different ways throughout history.

One of the main characters is Nick Hoel, a young man who works as a tree surgeon. Nick is passionate about trees, and he spends his days climbing them and caring for them. He is also a member of the activist group that is fighting to protect the trees from logging.

Another main character is Mimi Ma, a Chinese-American woman who is a scientist. Mimi is studying the effects of climate change on trees, and she is determined to find a way to protect them. She is also a member of the activist group that is fighting to protect the trees from logging.

The Overstory is a powerful and moving novel that celebrates the beauty and importance of trees. The novel also raises awareness of the threats that trees face from climate change and logging. The Overstory is a must-read for anyone who cares about the environment.