Orpheus Girl, Brynne Rebele-Henry
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Orpheus Girl

Author: Brynne Rebele-Henry

Narrator: Laura Knight Keating

Unabridged: 4 hr 56 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 10/08/2019

Genre: Young Adult Fiction - Romance - Lgbt

Ages: 14 - UP

Synopsis

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 Rayaobsessed with ancient mythslives 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 loveand 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.

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