The characters created by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Powers share a certain discomfort with the world. They shift between the impulse to connect and the urge to withdraw—into a novel, a piece of music, a movie house, a museum, even cyberspace.
The Overstory, Powers’ sweeping, impassioned paean to the natural world, was a move to unite a cast of iconoclastic activists and resisters, roots to crown. His forthcoming novel, Bewilderment, is a deeply felt study into attachment, loss, and hope: of a grieving father, an extraordinary yet troubled son, and an imperiled planet, each of which is inextricably linked with the others.
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The author of thirteen novels, the works of Richard Powers explore the effects of modern science and technology on the health and wellbeing of the world. A MacArthur Fellow, Powers received the National Book Award for his novel, The Echo Maker. His most recent book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
His new novel, Bewilderment, follows the story of astrobiologist Theo Byrne, who searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. As his son grows more troubled, Theo learns of an experimental treatment that could bolster Robin’s emotional control by training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain—an experiment whose ultimate impacts are unknown.
With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’ most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: how can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?