Nominated from The Man Booker Award and The National Book Award this year, Bewilderment is about Theo Byrne, a widower and his nine year old son, Robin. Theo is an astrobiologist at The University of Wisconsin. His son is very bright but has behavioral difficulties, especially at school, but Theo is hesitant about medicating him. When a colleague suggests that a neurofeedback experiment might help Robbie, Theo agrees to pursue it.
Very different from The Overstory which I loved, Bewilderment is just as riveting and also a blend of science and literature. Robbie is a unique, charming, empathetic character. Powers writes a lot about science and a look into the future, but because his story is mostly about a father and son who love each other, I didn’t mind.