The Overstory

The cover of “The Overstory” by Richard Powers

Back in March, at the beginning of the quarantine, I got this idea that I would read every book that has won The Pulitzer Prize for fiction/novel. I undertook this venture because of Keanu Reeves. I watched an interview with him last year. When he was asked what his favorite book was, he replied that he would go with the book he had most recently read, The Overstory by Richard Powers. Since I’ve had a crush on Keanu since I first saw Bill and Ted in high school I immediately logged in to Amazon and ordered it. Then I promptly forgot about it, until during a fit of quarantine madness I organized all my books and came across The Overstory. I decided to make it my next read, not even knowing it had won the Pulitzer last year. It was so fantastically good that when I found out it had won the Pulitzer I thought, “I must read ALL the winners.” I’m well known that I lack moderation. I’m a go big or go home type of person.

Now about The Overstory. It is a little bit hard to describe. The book is about trees, and it follows the lives of several different unrelated characters who are passionate about trees. One is a tree hugger, another is a scientist, yet another is a video game developer, one is a man and his son who took a picture of the same tree at the same time every day for decades. Each character has a fascinating story to unfold, and I was left with a much deeper appreciation of trees.

If I could I would have rated The Over story ten out of 5 stars on Goodreads. So, thank you Mr Reeves for introducing me to this books, and giving me a lifetime journey of reading all the Pulitzer Prize winners.


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