“Orfeo: A literary high-wire act with a powerful meditation on music, musical history and music in history at its core,” by Beth Kingsley, Washington Independent Review of Books, February 14, 2014.
This novel’s impressive depth emerges from the interplay of disparate elements, not one of which easily represents the whole. But together, they create an engaging, challenging and compelling work of art. … Orfeo is a tour de force and a delight. Powers delivers a literary high-wire act that leads to a culmination both intellectually and emotionally satisfying.