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The overstory : a novel

Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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 to life by creatures of air and light. A hearing-and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nature stories
Literary fiction
Novels
Nature fiction
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Powers
ISBN: 9780393635522 039363552X 9780393356687 039335668X 9781785151637 1785151630
OCLC Number: 988292556
Language Note: Text in English.
Awards: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Longlist, 2019
NPR Best Books, 2018
Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) Annual Literature Award Nominee, 2019
Description: 502 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Roots --
Nicholas Hoel --
Mimi Ma --
Adam Appich --
Ray Brinkman and Dorothy Cazaly --
Douglas Pavlicek --
Neelay Mehta --
Patricia Westerford --
Olivia Vandergriff --
Trunk --
Crown --
Seeds.
Responsibility: Richard Powers.

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"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 to life by creatures of air and light. A hearing-and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, 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."--

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"Autumn makes me think of leaves, which makes me think of trees, which makes me think of The Overstory, the best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period." -- Read more...

 
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