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Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
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Jun 01, 2021 | ISBN 9781641291736

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A Reedsy 40 Best LGBT Book of the Century
2021 Winner of the Young Adult Virginia Author Award
Finalist for the Golden Crown Literary Award
A Fall 2019 Kids’ ABA Indie Next Pick
A Bitch Media Best LGBTQ Young Adult Book of 2019
A She Reads Best Young Adult Book of 2019
Lone Star Literary Life’s Best of Texas 2019

Praise for Orpheus Girl

“Raya and Sarah’s story is a credit to Rebele-Henry’s own teen voice, mature beyond her years. The emotionally dramatic narrative . . . rings incredibly true.”

“A haunting, brutally true stroke of genius.”
—Meredith Russo, Stonewall Award winning author of If I Was Your Girl

“This raw and lyrical book doesn’t flinch away from the devastating brutality of conversion therapy, bravely bearing witness to the mental and physical pain the girls experience as a direct result of homophobia. Despite the heavy subject matter, it’s able to maintain a degree of lightness and hope.” 

“An unflinching look at exclusion, hate and resilience.”
Ms. Magazine

“The love between these two girls is the beating heart of this novel, and this romance combined with the intense masquerade they must constantly perform, ‘just pretending’ their feelings away, is where Rebele-Henry succeeds at portraying the aching duality of being queer in an environment that will not allow it . . . Orpheus Girl is a modern epic that helps us think about the older epics, and what they have still to offer us.”
Chicago Review of Books

“A testament to true love and resiliency . . . it’s a joy to read the elegiac rhythm she has so deftly created with ever-turning, dynamic language.”
Counterclock Journal

“What makes thrillers so thrilling . . . is the layering of reality with myth, and few craft this combination as successfully as Orpheus Girl.”
—Bitch Media

“Rebele-Henry has a true gift for mythological prose and imagery . . . All readers will benefit from this short, poetic story because while it is an engaging work of fiction, it is also a harsh reminder that no one should be thrown away or forced to change because they are different.” 
Lone Star Literary Life

“A haunting story about exploring what it means to define your true self as those around you try actively to destroy it . . . the novel is powerful and will speak to anyone who has tried desperately to fit in, only to realize that’s not what will make them feel complete.”

“A bold, graphic tale about the costs of exclusion.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Deeply emotional, this devastating story is lyrical and haunting.”
School Library Journal

“This book is dreamy and wavering, like a heat mirage, like the shadows of trees on a sidewalk; it’s lovely and lazy, but grows in urgency as it progresses, just like Raya and Sarah’s attempts to escape.”
Megan Szmyd, Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO)

Praise for Brynne Rebele-Henry

Finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
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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