Bewilderment

Richard Powers

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A magnificent new novel by Richard Powers, his first novel since the Booker Prize-shortlisted, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Overstory.

THE BRAND NEW NOVEL FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING, BOOKER PRIZE-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE OVERSTORY

It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it. . . . It changed how I see things and that’s always, for me, a mark of a book worth reading.’ Barack Obama on The Overstory
‘Really, just one of the best novels, period.’ Ann Patchett on The Overstory
‘Breathtaking.’ Barbara Kingsolver on The Overstory
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Picked as one of the ‘Best Books of 2021’ in the Sunday Times

Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend’s face with a metal thermos.

What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son’s desperate campaign to help save this one.
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‘The best book I’ve read in 10 years. A remarkable piece of literature … a lodestone.’ Emma Thompson on The Overstory

‘Radical and exciting.’ Jessie Burton on The Overstory

‘A remarkable piece of fiction.’ New York Times on The Overstory

‘An extraordinary novel.’ Guardian on The Overstory

Bewilderment

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ISBN – 9781785152641
Categories – General Fiction

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** WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 **

‘It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it’ Barack Obama

‘Really, just one of the best novels, period’ Ann Patchett

A wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe. The perfect literary escape.

An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. An Air Force crewmember in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan.

This is the story of these and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by the natural world, who are brought together in a last stand to save it from catastrophe.

‘It’s not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book’ Margaret Atwood

‘Radical and exciting’ Jessie Burton

‘Breathtaking’ Barbara Kingsolver

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