Books by Richard Powers

ORFEO by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"By the author's standards, this is taut, trim storytelling, though it characteristically makes all sorts of connections and proceeds on a number of different levels."
The earmarks of the renowned novelist's work are here—the impressive intellect, the patterns connecting music and science and so much else, the classical grounding of the narrative—but rarely have his novels been so tightly focused and emotionally compelling. Read full book review >
GENEROSITY by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Exuberant, erudite and satisfyingly enigmatic."
Nothing less than the phenomenon of happiness is explored in this rich, challenging novel from polymathic Powers (The Echo Maker, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ECHO MAKER by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"One of our best novelists (The Time of Our Singing, 2003, etc.) once again extends his unparalleled range."
The theme of cognitive disorder, variously explored in Powers's forbiddingly brainy earlier fiction, is the central subject of his eerie, accomplished ninth novel. Read full book review >
THE TIME OF OUR SINGING by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2003

"The most accessible, and powerful fiction yet from a major American writer who, against all odds, just keeps getting better."
The power of music in its relation to a racially divided family and culture is dramatized with unprecedented brilliance in this panoramic novel: the eighth from the protean author of, most recently, Plowing the Dark (2000). Read full book review >
PLOWING THE DARK by Richard Powers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2000

"As densely detailed as ever, a surpassingly intelligent and profound tale of our time."
One of the finest efforts from the massively gifted Powers (Gain, 1998, etc.), who again probes the fluid buffer between science and the imagination, between hope and despair, as two disparate situations—one about a disillusioned artist and the challenge of virtual reality, the other about a hostage in wartorn Beirut—whorl together in a heartwarming fusion. Read full book review >
GAIN by Richard Powers
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1998

Never one to tread lightly or think small, Powers (Galatea 2.2, 1995, etc.) here tackles 170 years of US capitalism as embodied by a single corporation, binding it to the struggle of a midwestern mom to a cancer most likely caused by the same company's malfeasance. Read full book review >

GALATEA 2.2 by Richard Powers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1995

In a startling departure from his earlier work, Powers turns inward for this fictional memoir: an astonishing novel of ideas that never becomes too talky, and is as complex in texture as his other books. The fictional ``Richard Powers'' shares not only his creator's name but also his publishing history, which is given a self- effacing, surprisingly personal context here. Read full book review >

OPERATION WANDERING SOUL by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1993

Childhood innocence—imperiled through the ages and nowhere more at risk than in the heart of modern Los Angeles—stands as the imposing theme of Powers's latest complex, wrenching saga. As overwhelming and erudite as its acclaimed predecessor, The Gold Bug Variations (1991), here evidence of children at odds with the adult world in which they live abounds, from the legend of the Pied Piper to tragic details of the Children's Crusade to more recent obliterations of youthful dreams in Southeast Asia and Watts. Read full book review >

THE GOLD BUG VARIATIONS by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

Triumphantly true to form, Powers continues the densely layered and intricate plotting found in his earlier novels (Prisoner's Dilemma, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance) in this stunning epic that delves into molecular genetics, music, and information science, eloquently combining the mysteries of love and the passionate pursuit of knowledge. In a manner reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's Possession, a capable young reference librarian renews her sense of purpose as she and a computer technician/art-historian come together in seeking to recover the past of his co-worker Stuart Ressler, a brilliant older man wasting his talents as the night supervisor in a Brooklyn data- processing facility—and soon unmasked as one of the brightest hopes in genetics in the 1950's who vanished from the field after a promising start. Read full book review >