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
Barack Obama on The Overstory
'Really, just one of the best novels, period.'
Ann Patchett on The Overstory
Barbara Kingsolver on The Overstory
Picked as one of the 'Best Books of 2021' in the Sunday TimesTheo 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
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.