Saturday Samplers Book Group to Discuss "The Overstory"

Bernardsville Library’s book group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, February 1 at 3:30 pm to discuss "The Overstory” (2018) by Richard Powers.  The book was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award winner, shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, and won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. [The author will not be present.]  

“The Overstory” 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, the book, 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.

Novelist Barbara Kingsolver wrote in The New York Times, the “characters who have held us rapt for 150 pages turn out to be the shrubby understory, for which we couldn’t yet see the forest. Standing overhead with outstretched limbs are the real protagonists.  Trees will bring these small lives together into large acts of war, love, loyalty and betrayal, in a violent struggle against a mortgaged timber company that is liquidating its assets, including one of the last virgin stands of California redwoods…This is a gigantic fable of genuine truths held together by a connective tissue of tender exchange between fictional friends, lovers, parents and children.”

No registration is needed to come to this library book discussion and there is no charge to attend.  Please call Bernardsville Library at 766-0118 for more information.

Contact Information
  1. Bernardsville Public Library
  2. 9087660118
  3. librarian@bernardsvillelibrary.org
Sat, February 01
3:30 pm — 5:00 pm
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Bernardsville Library’s book group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, February 1 at 3:30 pm to discuss "The Overstory” (2018) by Richard Powers. The book was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award winner, shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, and won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. [The author will not be present.]

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