Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His most recent book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Mingling ideas about neurodivergence, astrobiology, political
radicalisation and environmental collapse... There is no question
that Powers is a novelist of considerable, well, powers....
Bewilderment is both touching and finely written * Telegraph
Reading a Powers novel is like boarding a tour bus when you have a single day to explore an unfamiliar city. Bewilderment, his Booker-longlisted new novel, is a hop-on, hop-off trip around astrobiology, climate breakdown and neuro-feedback therapy... it is impossible to deny the importance of Powers's message * Sunday Times *
Powers is a former computer programmer whose ideas-rich fiction grounds the grandest scientific concepts in everyday experience. For him, environmental crisis means that we must share the pain not just of fellow-humans but other life-forms threatened by our botched stewardship of Earth.... Powers's unchained imagination stretches its empathy circle from lichen to nebulae, in finely crafted prose * Financial Times *
Refreshing, original and moving * Evening Standard *
Powers has the rare gift of being able to deal with big ideas while keeping you interested in the lives and emotions of his characters -- Sebastian Faulks