Orfeo is discussed, along with Us Conductors, in an article by Martha Anne Toll, “Two recent novels explore the subersive power of music,” Washington Independent Review of Books, October 7, 2014.

In Orfeo, Powers employs historical reality as well. Every musical reference is real. … In addition to the novel’s deep dive through 20th-century classical composition, every page, every paragraph vibrates with lush musical terminology in service to the plot. … Orfeo is gorgeous….



The American Booksellers Association listed Orfeo on its “September 2014 Indie Next List Great Reads.”  (The hardcover was listed in February.)

Orfeo was also included as “Another Indie Favorite” among paperback fiction titles for the week of September 25, 2014.


“Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards,” by Alexandra Alter, September 17, 2014.  Orfeo has been nominated by the National Book Foundation for the 2014 National Book Award for fiction.