|What I’m Reading Now
A Christmas gift from my oldest son, I delved into this rich collection of related stories not knowing what the title conveyed or what to expect and I’ve been glued to its pages for several nights. Richard Powers’ The Overstory is a collection of diverse but related tales in which several generations are woven together in subsequent plots. The “overstory” refers to the sheltering canopy of trees and the narrative follows the plight of our great natural forests and man-made orchards. The principal characters are Chinese mulberry trees, American elms, long-lost chestnut forests, beeches, ash, sequoias, and white pines, among others. I’m only half-way through, but look forward every evening to picking up Powers’ book and delving deeper into his forest of characters.