The Sundays in Bed With… meme, hosted by Midnight Book Girl, dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!
Orchid Child by Victoria Costello
At the time I wrote this (Friday night), I was ~50% through this ARC. I’m not quite sure yet what to think about it as it seems to span a couple of different genres. It definitely dabbles in some mythical fantasy. And I hope that aspect becomes more prominent. But at this point in the book there is more of a focus on generational trauma and mental health. When I saw neurodiversity mentioned in the blurb I thought there would be an autism component to it. But, reading the blurb more closely, I see that neurodiversity is used more broadly than in the context I tend to see it used online in my social media feeds.
Anyway, I haven’t made as much progress on this, or any reading, as I wanted to this month. I wouldn’t say I’m in a slump. But I think I need either a genre change away from fantasy for a bit. Or I short hiatus from perceived “obligations.” Or both.
About the Book
Author: Victoria Costello
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Liminal Books
Publish Date: June 13, 2023
Print Length: 312
Kate is a neuroscientist who covets logic and order, unless she’s sleeping with her married lab director, and then logic goes out the window. So does her orderly life in Manhattan when she’s fired over the affair and Kate’s mother presses her to accept responsibility for her fifteen-year-old nephew, Teague, an orchid child who hears voices and talks to trees but rarely people.
To salvage her career, Kate agrees to conduct a study in West Ireland where hostile townsfolk rebuff her study of their historically high rate of schizophrenia and a local chief Druid identifies Teague’s odd perceptions as the gift of second sight, thrusting a bewildered Kate on a trail of madness, magic, and armed rebellion that leads to her own grandparents, who were banished as traitors from the same town.
When a confrontation with the chief Druid endangers Teague’s life, Kate lands at the intersection of ancient Celtic mysticism and 21st century neurodiversity, where the act of witnessing old wounds can heal suffering in both past and present – even hers, if she can accept the limits of science and the power of ancestral ties.