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xo Orpheus (2013) [Anthology]
by David B. Aimee Bender Kate Bernheimer Kelly Braffet Edward Carey Maile Chapman Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud Ron Currie Jr. Manuela Draeger Elanor Dymott Max Gladstone Sheila Heti Laird Hunt Shane Jones Heidi Julavits Owen King Victor LaValle Michael Jeffrey Lee Ben Loory Anthony Marra Zachary Mason Elizabeth McCracken Maile Meloy Madeline Miller Manuel Muñoz Sabina Murray Gina Ochsner Edith Pearlman Benjamin Percy Dawn Raffel Imad Rahman Davis Schneiderman Aurelie Sheehan Peter Straub Emma Straub Laura van den Berg Willy Vlautin Joy Williams Kevin Wilson Karen Tei Yamashita Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions.

If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sun, and a girl who gives birth to cubs, here are extravagantly imagined, bracingly contemporary stories, heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.


  • Introduction by Kate Bernheimer
  • Anthropogenesis, Or, How to Make a Family by Laura van den Berg
  • Argos by Joy Williams
  • The Sisters by Sabina Murray
  • Sawdust by Edward Carey
  • Friend Robin by Maile Chapman
  • The Veiled Prophet by David B.
  • Henry and Booboo by Elanor Dymott
  • Modern Coyotes by Shane Jones
  • Devourings by Aimee Bender
  • Labyrinth by Ron Currie Jr.
  • The Last Flight of Daedalus by Anthony Marra
  • Daphne by Dawn Raffel
  • Demeter by Maile Meloy
  • Kid Collins by Willy Vlautin
  • Sleeping Beauty by Gina Ochsner
  • Galatea by Madeline Miller
  • The Hand by Manuel Muñoz
  • The Dummy by Benjamin Percy
  • The Girl with the Talking Shadow by Kate Bernheimer
  • Wait and See by Edith Pearlman
  • An Occasional Icarus by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud
  • Killcrop by Victor LaValle
  • The Squid Who Fell in Love With the Sun by Ben Loory
  • Birdsong From the Radio by Elizabeth McCracken
  • The Lotus Eaters by Aurelie Sheehan
  • Slaves by Elizabeth Evans
  • Drona's Death by Max Gladstone
  • So Many-Headed Gates by Sheila Heti
  • The Status of Myth by Kelly Braffet and Owen King
  • Narcissus by Zachary Mason
  • Back to Blandon by Michael Jeffrey Lee
  • The Story I Am Speaking to You Now by Davis Schneiderman
  • The Brigadier-General Takes His Final Stand by James Butt by Imad Rahman
  • Dark Resort by Heidi Julavits
  • Mystery Spot: 95065 by Karen Tei Yamashita
  • Lost Lake by Peter Straub and Emma Straub
  • What Wants My Son by Kevin Wilson
  • Thousand by Laird Hunt
  • Belle-Medusa by Manuela Draeger

Original title: xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths
Original languages: English


Genre: MythologyReinterpretations

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xo Orpheus (2013)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Kate Bernheimer
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xo Orpheus (September 24, 2013)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780143122425
Pages: 576

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