Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this title.
Orpheus Girl is the story of a young lesbian, Raya, growing up in Texas during the 90s knowing full well that who she is, must remain hidden.
Raya, Orpheus, was left with her Grammy at two years old when her mom went off to be a tv star. Raya and her Grammy have lived with the grief ever since. Raya, who has no mother, has scars from a childhood surgery, must hide who she truly is, who she loves, in order to stay safe. But even when you’re so careful, sometimes being caught is inevitable. Orpheus must descend into hell in order to save Eurydice.
This book has tough moments, part of it takes place at a conversion camp and if that’s too much for you, I get it. But for those who think they can handle it or who don’t really and truly understand what a conversion camp is like, then please read this. This isn’t the only story depicting one, but the more that people learn how violent and inhumane they are, the better.
The writing is very poetic and beautiful and the style is gripping and romantic – even when horrifying you. For such a small book, it packs a seriously moving and impactful punch. I for one cannot wait for more books by Brynne Rebele-Henry, her way with prose and of making a classic myth story queer, is all I need to want more.