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Where to start reading Richard Powers’ books

As Richard Powers latest novel, Bewilderment, is shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with his decorated and exhilarating catalogue. Here's our guide to one of America's greatest literary voices.

Images of Richard Powers' novels, including The Overstory, Bewilderment, The Time of Our Singing, Gain, Plowing the Dark

With Richard Powers' new novel, Bewilderment, already shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Overstory continuing to enthral the likes of Barack Obama, Jessie Burton and Emma Thompson, now is the perfect time to dive into his decorated and exhilarating catalogue of work.

Heralded as one of America's greatest literary voices, his novels and characters navigate everything from AI to the American Dream, trees to astrobiology, virtual reality to the human genetic code, delving into the interconnectedness of individual human lives and forces much larger. 

The essential Richard Powers reading list...

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