Upright Women Wanted
"That girl's got more wrong notions than a barn owl's got mean looks."
Esther is a stowaway. She's hidden herself away in the Librarian's book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her--a ...more
It's time for Esther to make an escape and she does so by hiding in a librarian's book wagon. She's spent her entire life pretending to be someone else in order to survive in a fascist society. Continuing the role as a librarian --- an upright ...more
Tor.com Publishing has developed quite a name for themselves when it comes to incredibly well-written, weird, and original science fiction and fantasy reads. And Sarah Gailey’s upcoming novella, Upright Women Wanted, is no exception!
Playing off the classic western genre, Gailey kicks up dust, sweeping the reader away to a world they won’t soon want to leave. A future, near-dystopian, world where the State controls everything from ...more
I was intrigued and entranced by this Western-inspired dystopian, which took the ...more
It’s kinda difficult to ...more
Esther was, she realized, nothing more than a hand of cards in a poker game between these three women. She was only a symbol. She wasn’t the thing they were playing for. And like a bad hand, she could be discarded at any moment.
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Esther journey was a fantastic one to follow - it was so great to watch her come into her own. We see her go on a journey - not just one of finding her strength but also one of accepting who she is and that there's more than out there for people like her than a tragic ending. It ...more
It took me a little while — probably longer than it should, I can be obtuse — to realise that the story is set in a near-future dystopian society rather than the historical ‘wild west’.
The sense of place is that well written. For most of the story we’re on the road, travelling in an unforgiving landscape with a few brief ...more
I loved Sarah Gailey’s American Hippo books, so I keep picking up her other work and expecting better than what I end up getting.
While this is a far better book than Magic for Liars in terms of narrative quality, it suffers from the same problem of being far, far better in concept than in execution.
Parts of this are cute and charming, but mostly the whole thing feels flat. Add in a protagonist who ...more
When I didn't see that my local library had this on order, I put in a request for it because, well, DUH. It should be everything I love: librarians, queer representation, badassery, an awkward-trying-to-find-herself MC, contraband rebels!!
But there was just something lacking in this presentation of it. Perhaps it's just because it's a novella, and it played out more like a side story in a longer novel. I wanted ...more
Upright Women Wanted continues Gailey's tradition of writing excellent stories threaded with incisive prose and extraordinary heart. This is a tale of identity, survival, and the importance of writing and telling stories about the lives and loves of queer people, especially during times like these when so many people live in hiding, afraid of living their truths. While I didn't feel like the novella format gave the main romance quite enough time to ...more
The blurb is short and says it all much better than I can, so go read it.
I really enjoyed this. How could I not, what with Librarians as heroes! The physical action is straight out of Louis L'Amour--horses, gunfights, deserts, suspicious sheriffs. I loved our Head Librarian, Bet, and her loving assistant Leda. Young Esther, our focal character, is such a mess, but she means well; it is a delight to see her learn, grow, ...more
This was so good! Granted I think I have read all of Gailey's full-length works and they have all been ...more
Gailey knocks it out of the park again, this time with Upright Women Wanted. Queer, gun wielding, horseback riding librarians, in a dystopian future, risking life and limb to deliver 'packages' on behalf of an underground resistance?? Oh hell yaaaaaas!
Upright Women Wanted was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and it did not disappoint. Gailey's prose is open and engaging, the characters possess a warmth and depth that makes you immediately root for them, even when they are flawed or acting in a less than likeable way. The novella is set in a weird west which we later learn is a post-collapse totalitarian patriarchy. The boys go off to war. The girls go to be good ...more
Queer librarian spies! A western! What more do I need to tell you????? Go read this book, it's SO GOOD!
I turned this audiobook on only to give it a try, test and see if I liked the narrator, see if it was going to be my next audiobook. And then I couldn't stop.
COULD NOT STOP. Didn't stop. Read it in one sitting! I just sat for 4 hours and listened to this wonderful novella and got a whole lot of journalling done, and then moved on to organizing my ...more
How to like the person who she was instead of fighting it.”