Orphea Proud

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Orphea Proud

By Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Laurel Leaf, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440227069, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2006



Taboo to the touch

A fire in the cold

That was us

Welcome to a stage, where a soaring painting takes shape before your eyes, a big-booty poet stands at the mike, and there’s a seat right in front, just for you.

This is a place where wise old ladies live and boys act like horses.

This is a vision of love that was crushed and brought back to life.

And this is my story. I’m Orphea Proud. Welcome to the show.

As Orphea, who discovers her sexuality as a lesbian, shares her story, powerful questions of family, prejudice, and identity are explored.

Praise For Orphea Proud

“The unusual format, along with young adult literature’s dearth of gay African-American characters, make this piece notable, but it’s Orphea’s passionate and poetic voice that makes it special.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred