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By Richard Powers

Book review and synopsis for Bewilderment by Richard Powers, A story about a single father, his troubled son and an experimental neural treatment. Bewilderment is set to be released on September 21, 2021.


In Bewilderment, 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…

With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’s most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?

Early Book Reviews

The Bibliofile’s Review of Bewilderment is coming soon. For now, here are some early reviews of Bewilderment:

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What to Know About Bewilderment

Bewilderment by Richard Powers is an upcoming novel by Richard Powers, set to be released September 21, 2021.

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