Richard Powers: The Overstory is just the latest story
I am reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. My favorite genres have always been anything weird: magical realism, science fiction and fantasy, alternative history and the ever popular post-apocalypse novel. I was attracted to this book because it seemed to verge on the magical. And it was about trees.
“A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.” – Publisher description.
Trees summoning people to an ultimate stand… I want to know more. Trees have always been one of my special loves, and having hugged quite a few, I believe in their powers. I am only a very short way into this vast forest of a novel, and already I am enchanted by the language and scope and promise. So, as usual, I went looking for more about this author.
Imagine my embarrassment to find that Richard Powers is a GREAT and FAMOUS WRITER. First clue should have been the fact that all 27 copies of The Overstory we have at the library are checked out, with 55 holds. This novel is his latest in a long and illustrious career going back to the 1980’s. I had heard of the Gold Bug Variations, but not all the others. Literature majors and readers of the New York Review of Books, pardon my ignorance. I will be exploring this new (to me) treasure trove of Richard Powers novels, and I could say it was the trees that summoned me.
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