The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers (The Overstory) talks about his new novel Bewilderment. A novel with soaring descriptions of the natural world, a tantalizing vision of life beyond, and a moving account of a father and son’s ferocious love.
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… At the heart of the novel lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?