No less than two friends told me on my fortieth birthday that The Overstory by Richard Powers is life-changing. We're immersed in the Victorians this season, and one of the great Victorian past times was classification of the natural world: zoology, botany, and arboriculture. What could be more appropriate for our modern look back than this Pulitzer Prize winning "wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe."
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.
F&B Book Cub is BYOBB: you bring your copy of the book and your favorite beverage and we will provide ice and glassware as well as iced tea and treats from the bakery. Please read the book before the meeting.