The Overstory

The Overstory

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

A wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe.

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

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.

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.

Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times

'It's a masterpiece'
Tim Winton

'It's not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book'
Margaret Atwood

'An astonishing performance'
Benjamin Markovits, Guardian

About the Publisher



Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784708245
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
Edition: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 539
Number of pages: 625
Weight: 460g
Height: 192mm
Width: 121mm
Spine width: 34mm