Bewilderment: A Novel

Bewilderment: A Novel

by Richard Powers
Bewilderment: A Novel

Bewilderment: A Novel

by Richard Powers


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Richard Powers follows his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory with an incredible, unforgettable story of childhood, the natural world, and an unbreakable bond between parent and child that's perfect for right now. Powers' prose is extraordinary, but part of his brilliance is due to the sheer humanity of his characters ? and the never-ending empathy he has for them. You'll want to linger over the pages in this luminous story of grief and love and hope. Richard Powers joins us on Poured Over: The B&N Podcast this fall.

An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2021
Shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize and Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction
A Best Book/Best Novel of 2021 at NPR, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Audible, Goodreads, Christian Science Monitor, Library Journal, Garden & Gun Magazine, and many more

A heartrending new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Overstory.

The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He’s also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face. As his son grows more troubled, Theo hopes to keep him off psychoactive drugs. He learns of an experimental neurofeedback treatment to bolster Robin’s emotional control, one that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain…

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’s most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393881141
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 463,326
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Powers is the author of thirteen novels, including The Overstory and Orfeo, and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.


Urbana, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 18, 1957

Place of Birth:

Evanston, Illinois


M.A., University of Illinois, 1979
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