“Book review: Orfeo by Richard Powers,” by James Kidd, The Independent, April 16, 2014.

Orfeo is extraordinary and confounding, mind-spinning and wonderful. Just what a proper novel should be.


Galatea 2.2 is #1 in the “Top 10 books to read this summer,” by Holly R. Bogardus,, March 13, 2014.

Clifford Harper illo 12-4-14

Orfeo by Richard Powers review – Mahler, Messiaen and DNA,” by Steven Poole, The Guardian, April 11, 2014.

Very often, this novel makes you want to scurry to CD player or iPod to listen along. In that infectious enthusiasm, Orfeo is the equivalent in fiction of Alex Ross’s history of 20th-century music, The Rest Is Noise.  … Powers supplies a galloping finale that is sweet, funny, sad and haunting all at once. … formidably intelligent and ecstatically noisy….