Upright Women Wanted
In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.
“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—...more
It’s kinda difficult to ...more
I was intrigued and entranced by this Western-inspired dystopian, which took the ...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!
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
I loved the characters, the setting, the Librarians, the drama, all of it. I could read 500 more pages of this story, but I also kind of love that it is short and just a glimpse of a bigger story.
I loved Esther immediately. She is broken and scared and quite naive. But she knows she has to do something, make some change for herself. Even if at first it might be for misguided reasons, it kind of shows that ...more
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
I do think the romance should have been left out of this one-- especially with Beatriz's death right at the beginning, it felt way too fast.
execution, hanging mentions
setting where being queer is dangerous
misgendering, gendered society/roles
nonbinary char who uses binary pronouns for safety in certain settings
implied abusive father
death, dead body
I read an advance copy of this book and LOVED it. I’m not saying that every line is quoteable. Some excellent words are devoted to world building and plot and such. But...some lines are truly great and I can’t share them yet because spoilers.
***Review based on an ARC ...more
This isn't a perfect story - there are (view spoiler)[ issues with how quickly the protagonists' murdered lover is tossed aside for her new love interest and the ...more
This is a quick read with a great message and story. Unfortunately, neither of these things were fully developed because of how brief the book is.
The setting of the story, characters and the storyline had great potential to be fully explored and I really wish they had been.