On Sale: January 20, 2014
Featuring: Peter Els
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In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man
journeying into his past as he desperately flees the
present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to
find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology
labâ€”the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find
music in surprising patternsâ€”has aroused the suspicions of
Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive.
As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Elsâ€”the "Bioterrorist
Bach"â€”pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who
shaped his musical journey. Through the help of his ex-wife,
his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, Els hatches a
plan to turn this disastrous collision with the security
state into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to
the sounds all around them. The result is a novel that soars
in spirit and language by a writer who â€śmay be Americaâ€™s
most ambitious novelistâ€ť (Kevin Berger, San Francisco
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