Ed has posted the first of five installments of a round table discussion of Richard Power’s new book The Echo Maker, which was just nominated for the National Book Award. I can’t speak for the other books, not having read them, but this book by Powers is definitely deserving of the award. It’s one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read this year. His previous book The Time of Our Singing is one of my favorites. I didn’t think he could surpass that one, but he’s managed it with this new one.