The Overstory: A Novel - Richard Powers

The Overstory: A Novel

By Richard Powers

  • Release Date: 2018-04-03
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 843 Ratings)


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Winner of the William Dean Howells Medal
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Over One Year on the New York Times Bestseller List
A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period." —Ann Patchett

The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 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.


  • Just amazing !!

    By Arpan C.
    There is a reason why this book received such rave reviews. It can get a bit dry in the middle, but totally worth reading it.
  • Torture

    By amolioli
    This book was dense. That is all.
  • Most satisfying book I have ever read

    By systems girl
    I was deeply touched and inspired by the ecological metaphors, the ringing theme that humans are newcomers to this complex system few of whom notice the brilliance and sanctity of biological life. I presume the negative reviews are from humans tied to their narcissistic lot unquestioningly. Please ignore the doubters and read this book. Truly life changing.
  • Boring

    By mrandy m
    I keep reading 4 & 5 star reviews of this book and I just don’t get it. The book was just plain boring. I tried to read the entire book but at about 40% I just couldn’t take it anymore. My brother said it was one of the greatest books he ever read so I purchased it on my iPhone and was so excited to begin this novel and then the torture began. The tree metaphors fell flat and turning the pages became a chore. The author is certainly skilled with words but the endless descriptions I found painful. One star. That’s it. Want to read a great The Last Days of Night.
  • Not that great

    By mr sterling
    How this won a Pulitzer is baffling. These short stories seem under baked and the language is suppose to be what? Clever? Thought provoking? Certainly not entertaining because for the sixteen bucks I paid for this stink fest I would like my money back. I watched this guy on the news hour and was expecting this to be about trees. This book has little to do with trees except in glances and the paper it was wasted on. Avoid this one. Then figure out how easy it must be to buy a Pulitzer
  • The Overstory

    By Kitkat4563
    Important and topical subject. Story however, wanders and rambles, often senseless and weird. Story pointlessly continues seemingly forever. Kill me.
  • One of THE best books I have ever read

    By running resder
    As stated above. One of the very best ever in 55 years of literary consumption. The Pulitzer got this one right am surprised that so few I talk to have not heard of this amazing piece of literature Running reader
  • You’ll never think of Trees and your garden the same.

    By Fladaddy
    I began reading The Overstory and got into it for a couple of chapters and put it aside. I thought it was a collection of short stories on a theme. Then I picked it up again and it changed how I view the entire world around me. I’m from California, have a cottage near the Russian River and love the awe inspiring redwoods. This overarching story has made me understand so much more and question everything out my window. His writing is forceful and thought provoking so much so I’d find myself repeating pages and passages knowing I’ll read this again. Brilliantly played out over decades and places coast to coast and over the world with the common linkage of trees. If you watch the news with the Amazon on fire and it’s freaking you out, read this book. Deserving of the Pulitzer and other awards it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.
  • Beyond amazing!

    By Bourbon_face
    I am changed forever.

    By SDWill
    Pure Genius!