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Orpheus Girl

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In her debut novel, award-winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the epic of Orpheus as a love story between two teen girls in rural Texas. 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 hidden her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are caught in an intimate moment, 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 mythic role of Orpheus to save them both and to return them to the world of the living, at any cost. In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, with the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Orpheus Girl is a mythic story of dysfunctional families, first love, heartbreak--and the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 140 x 210mm | 567g
  • English
  • 1641290749
  • 9781641290746

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Praise for Orpheus Girl "A haunting, brutally true stroke of genius."
--Meredith Russo, Stonewall Award winning author of If I Was Your Girl Praise for Brynne Rebele-Henry Finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award
Winner of the AWP 2017 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

"With unflinching vision, Brynne Rebele-Henry pulls us into the trenches of young womanhood."
--Julia Elliott, author of The Wilds

"I couldn't get this one out of my mind. Brynne Rebele-Henry has such a singular, obsessive urgency to her voice."
--Kim Addonizio, author of the National Book Award Finalist Tell Me

"Rebele-Henry is unafraid to confront the darkness that lives in any crevice."
--Tarfia Faizullah, author of Seam

"Wise, startling . . . a poet to watch."
--Library Journal
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About Brynne Rebele-Henry

Brynne Rebele-Henry was born in 1999. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Rookie, and Blackbird, among other places. Her writing has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has two books of poetry: Fleshgraphs and Autobiography of a Wound, which won the AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize and is a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Orpheus Girl is her first novel.
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4 28% (5)
3 17% (3)
2 6% (1)
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