Bewilderment by Richard Powers


Bookseller Review by Julie:

‘A unique story, unlike anything I had read before, I became completely immersed in this tale of a widowed father and his son coming to terms with their loss and grief as they try to make sense of each other’s worlds and the worlds yet to be discovered in deep space………a tribute to nature in all its glory combined with a futuristic look into how spiritual and neurological wellbeing can influence our physical existence.

So many aspects of the scientific pursuit of knowledge in one story and so readable, an empathetic and really interesting take on what it is to exist in space and time that packs a highly emotional punch, wonderful compelling writing – I’m off to read ‘Overstory’ now!’

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Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend’s face with a metal thermos.

What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son’s desperate campaign to help save this one.

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