Waiting on Wednesday: Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Title: Orpheus Girl
Author: Brynne Rebele-Henry
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 176
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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. 

This was one that I knew was going to be for me as soon as I saw the cover. Then I read the description and I immediately emailed the publicist for a review copy. I legitimately did a happy dance when I got an email back saying they would send me one! It’s a queer retelling of Orpheus and the blurb boasts that it’s in a voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath with the lyricism of David Levithan. Y’all, I don’t know my heart is going to be able to handle it once I start reading this one. I already can’t stop staring at it while it sits patiently on my book cart waiting for me.

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