Review: Joy Williams on Richard Powers’ “The Overstory”

Aspens, which can regenerate from root sprouts, replacing a forest of mixed conifers after a 2003 fire. Photo by Charlie McDonald for the USDA Forest Service

I have thought for some time now that the novel has to address something other, become something other, or it will die. Though die is the wrong word. Great forests die, rare ecosystems, coral reefs,…

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