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  • 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
  • A heartfelt cry for climate awareness, with fantastical digressions to other planets and a rueful celebration of our own

    Guardian
  • It's a wonderful story - taut, touching and wholehearted

    Psychologies
  • Intense and disturbing

    Mail on Sunday
  • A beautiful and thoughtfully written novel

    Good Housekeeping
  • Impressively precise in its scientific conjectures, Bewilderment is no less rich or wise in its emotionality.... Bewilderment channels both the cosmic sublime and that of the vast American outdoors, resting confidently in a lineage with Thoreau and Whitman, Dillard and Kerouac. It's also a ghostly and affecting love story... We are into the terrain here of myth, metaphysics and religion. Sorrowing awe is Bewilderment's primary tone, and its many remarkable scenes are controlled with high novelistic intelligence.... Robin is as compelling a fictional creation as I've encountered in some time - fierce, lovable and otherworldly. In dreaming him up, Powers was clearly working out a bold fictive question: what must it be like to father a Greta Thunberg?

    Observer

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