Orpheus Girl

Orpheus Girl

eBook - 2019
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In her debut novel, award-winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the Orpheus myth as a love story between two teenage girls who are sent to conversion therapy after being caught together in an intimate moment. Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya-obsessed with ancient myths-lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has fought to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to "fix" them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the role of Orpheus, to return to the world of the living with her love-and after she, Sarah, and the other teen residents are subjected to abusive and brutal "treatments" by the staff, Raya only becomes more determined to escape. In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath and the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Brynne Rebele-Henry weaves a powerful inversion of the Orpheus myth informed by the disturbing real-world truths of conversion therapy. Orpheus Girl is a story of dysfunctional families, trauma, first love, heartbreak, and ultimately, the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance. CW: There are scenes in this book that depict self-harm, homophobia, transphobia, and violence against LGBTQ characters.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9781641290753
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LPL_MaryW Aug 22, 2019

Queer poet Brynne Rebele-Henry’s debut novel is based upon the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Raya and Sarah—childhood friends in small-town Texas—discover that their feelings for each other go deeper. Queerness is ultra-taboo in their community, so much so that, when the girls are found in a sexual act together, they are sent by their families to a gay conversion camp. Raya’s obsession with myths leads her to view the challenge as if she is Orpheus—she must do whatever it takes to save her love, and escape with her from Hell. A whirlwind of courage, love, and sacrifice, Orpheus Girl is a triumph.

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