Waiting on Wednesdays is the brainchild of Jill at Breaking the Spine, and because Jill isn’t hosting it any more, I’m now linking up with Can’t Wait Wednesday at Wishful Endings. Stop over there and link up your “Can’t Wait” book of the week!
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’ve ever feature a Richard Powers book as a Waiting on Wednesday pick, but now I’ve done just that! Richard Powers is a literary fiction heavy-hitter, but this time he’s venturing into speculative fiction, it seems. Check it out:
The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-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 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. 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 Novel by Richard Powers. Releases in April 2018 from W.W. Norton & Company. I love that these interlocking stories all revolve around trees, and since it’s been quite a long time since I’ve read anything by Powers, I’m going to add this to my TBR:-)