Richard Powers On 'The Overstory'

Nov 7, 2019

If trees could speak, what might they say? In Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Overstory, a tree tells a woman, “Your kind never sees us whole.” Powers joins us to talk about his book and how to see trees as more than “amputations.”

If trees could speak to us, what might they say? In The Overstory, 2019’s Pulitzer Prize winner by Richard Powers, a tree tells a woman, “Your kind never sees us whole.” Powers says that’s true in more than a literal sense. It’s not just that the part of a tree that’s above ground is only half of the creature; it’s that we see trees only as extensions of our own needs and aspirations. Powers joins us to talk about his novel and how to see trees as more than “amputations.”