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Review: The Orangery

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The Orangery
The Orangery by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A walled orchard is filled with trees that were once women, all those who opted for tree form rather than submit to the lusts of Greek gods. (Stufflebeam has accurately noticed that this happens rather a lot in Classical mythology.) The orangery is guarded by a lone, celibate woman sworn to protect the trees. Her job is cut out for her when Apollo shows up, demanding to be led to the tree that was once his ‘favorite’ – a woman that wanted no part of him when she was flesh, and certainly wants nothing to do with him now.
A strong feminist theme to this piece.

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