In DelVecchio’s debut, an adopted teenage woman haunted by
her previous finds solace within the pages of a traditional novel.
Elektra Koutros was renamed Kathryn and nicknamed Equipment Kat
when she was adopted from Greece and despatched to stay together with her new mom in Queens,
New York. She has been searching for her true id ever since. Her adoptive
mom, Evangelia “Ann,” is a single Greek-American lady with no youngsters of
her personal and a chilly disposition. Her beginning mom, Athanasia, was a prostitute.
With the contrasting archetypes of the virgin and the whore for guardians, what
Equipment Kat longs for is a real mom determine. As an alternative, she finds Jane Eyre, the traditional work of
literature whose heroine turns into her confidante and position mannequin. By way of diary
entries recounting her childhood by way of her school years, Equipment Kat tells her
story in an earnest—and really robust—narrative voice as she confesses her
darkest secrets and techniques. Though Ann is an enormous enchancment over Athanasia, who used to
beat Equipment Kat, her denial of her adoptive daughter’s previous creates a palpable
distance between them. In a single scene, Equipment Kat sits on the dinner desk so
quietly she will be able to hear Ann’s abdomen digesting her meals: “The silences between us
at the moment are immeasurable, however the sounds of her fill each crack, each doable
place unoccupied by phrases.” Instructed from ’s perspective, the story
leaves Ann’s innermost ideas unsaid, and the impact is haunting. Did she
actually consider Equipment Kat was mendacity about her previous, or did she really feel in over her
head as a result of the social employee had advised her the scenario was higher than it
was? A few of Equipment Kat’s siblings—Maria, Nicholas, and Stavros—hung out in
orphanages, the houses of kinfolk, and with Athanasia and her boyfriend,
Kristos, however none of them adopted her to America. She’s alone, indignant, and, at
one level, locked within the rest room with a pair of scissors pointed at her personal
physique. If her mom can’t break the silence, she’ll need to do it for herself.
With subtle prose, this gritty coming-of-age story
blends the acquainted and the unthinkable because the lead learns to make use of her voice.