In a run-down neighbourhood, in an unnamed seaside city with barely any amenities, a father and son struggle to keep their heads above water. Rather than being discouraged by their difficulties and hardship, they are spurred to come up with increasingly outlandish plans for their survival. Even when a terrible, macabre event rocks the neighbourhood?s bar district and the locals start to flee, father and son decide to stay put. What matters is staying together. Without ever mentioning the word ?gay?, this is a bold poignant text that interplays a very tender father-son relationship while exposing homosexuality and homophobia with brutal honesty. With delicate lyricism and imagery, Caputo?s originality and creativity produce a tale that harmoniously balances violence, discrimination, love, sex and defiance, demonstrating that he is a storyteller of great skill. An Orphan World
is about poverty, and the resourceful ways in which people confront poverty. At the same time, it is a reflection about the body as a space of pleasure and violence. Perhaps above all else, An Orphan World
is a brutally honest love letter between a father and son.