The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2018
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Hardback: WW Norton, 2018
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Certainly a religious vision informs The Overstory, a novel about trees. With the ferocity of an Old Testament prophet, Powers indicts our blindness and selfishness, a grotesque narrowing of vision; one of his principal characters learns early on that “human wisdom counts less than the shimmer of birches in a breeze.” That sounds almost like a line from the Psalms. It is also a test for the reader. Some will thrill to the contempt for the human; some will feel a jolt of free-floating religious awe; some will decide that enough’s enough (though most of those are unlikely to have started the novel in the first place).
- from ERB Contributing Editor John Wilson’s
column about this novel on the First Things website