Lilliam Rivera’s third young grownup novel, Never Look Back, breathes new existence into the parable of Orpheus and Eurydice, an ancient story of a woman gone earlier than her time and the boy who would do anything to store her. Rivera transforms this classic tale right into a symphony that intertwines the melodies of her characters, their neighborhood inside the Bronx or even readers themselves. It builds to a crescendo that reverberates into your very bones, the way simplest the most fantastic song can.
Pheus is ready to spend the summer at his dad’s, placing at the seaside with his buddies and taking full advantage of his musical talents and charm. Then Eury and her struggles arrive. Displaced after dropping her home in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria, Eury is staying with her cousin in the Bronx to get some rest and to present her mom a wreck after what the circle of relatives calls Eury’s “episode.” But Eury hasn’t come to New York alone. Everywhere she goes, Ato, an evil spirit, follows. When Eury and Pheus meet and sparks fly, Ato makes a circulate to make certain he and Eury will live together—forever.
Never Look Back honors the Afro Latinx track, language, background and records of its characters. It reads like a concert, every chapter a unique song, a few languid and slow, retaining readers putting on every word, others speedy and staccato, whipping readers round at a dizzying pace, going for walks to preserve up and misplaced in a cacophonous flood of words. Defying expectation and categorization, Never Look Back is a book no longer to be read with the mind however to be skilled with the soul. It is a revelation.