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It’s the fiction round of the book club again and we have chosen “The Overstory” by Richard Powers! After reading about the climate crisis last time, we’ll dig deeper to better understand our relationship with nature and especially trees. > The novel follows nine characters—among them a Vietnam veteran, a young coding prodigy, and the last descendant of immigrant pioneers—whose close relationships with trees, lasting sometimes for generations, lead them to a deep appreciation of the world’s threatened forests. Nearly all the characters become activists in some form—five of them eventually come together in protest against a timber company—and throughout their personal transformations, the trees around them are so exquisitely rendered that they seem like characters themselves. The result is what the Pulitzer committee praises as “an ingeniously structured narrative” that approaches trees and the threats facing them with wonder, reverence, and an urgency that could be enough to change minds. From: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/04/richard-powers-pulitzer-the-overstory/587245/ This one is a rather long read, but it consists of nine different stories and it should be possible to only read a few of them should you run out of steam! You can find reviews on the GoodReads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40180098-the-overstory Curious? Then order a copy at your local book shop or on Amazon / Book Depository: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Richard-Powers/dp/039335668X/ https://www.bookdepository.com/Overstory-Richard-Powers/9780393356687 German versions: https://www.amazon.de/-/de/Richard-Powers/dp/3596703123/ https://www.bookdepository.com/Die-Wurzeln-des-Lebens/9783596703128 We discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present, but most likely the discussion will be in English. You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create an inclusive setting. The discussion takes place virtually in Zoom and the meeting link will be added to this event on the day it happens. We usually discuss for around 2 hours. It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression.