overstory

The Overstory

Richard Powers     Recommended by Alan    

fiction

Structured like the rings in a cross-section of a tree’s trunk, The Overstory traces the tales of nine strangers, each meeting a tree which leads them to apprehend the environmental catastrophe looming over us. They are bought together, scientist, artist, soldier alike, to save the last few remaining acres of virgin forest left. The problem is that actually we can’t see the trees for the wood. The Overstory lays out the full human folly of deforestation. Part lament, part call to arms.

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