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—a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.
The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.
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Part Western, part thriller, part revolutionary manifesto, Upright Women Wanted is a one-of-a-kind adventure. Sarah Gailey’s short novel is set in a dystopian future where a fascist dictatorship has made all of the United States look like the Wild West—with the gender politics to match. Against this bleak backdrop, a woman named Esther goes on the run, fleeing an arranged marriage and the heartbreaking death of her secret love. When Esther stows away with a band of traveling librarians, she quickly learns that these seemingly straitlaced women are actually a freedom-loving queer collective that also dabbles in espionage. This smart and funny mashup moves at a rollicking pace and is stacked top to bottom with fearless heroines who are always ready to face down danger. Romy Nordlinger’s narration brings out the strength, humor, and untamable spirit of Gailey’s unforgettable characters. Get on board for nonstop, nonbinary, rip-roaring fun.
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This book was written with a lot of interesting twists and turns. I like the characters and got some of the author’s story line. There was a bit of one on one characteristic play that shows what an individual can be no matter the world sees or how the normal is dictated. Light heart read with a lot of messages if you’re not single minded.
I wanted to like this, but...
I wanted to like this story, but the writing rarely rises above fan-fiction quality and the message is shoehorned so awkwardly in places that it loses its power.
Unrealistic feministic propaganda
If you just want to feel good and pretend that women are as strong and aggressive as men are in a fiction book where these women are portrayed and masculine macho-women, than this book is for you.
For everyone else.. The book wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so incredibly hyrocritic. It’s filled full of hatred for men all the while these women act like hyper-masculinized women. If this book replaced the females with males, feminists would be up in arms. The part where a women beats up a man 3 times her size might be entertaining to read but is so far fetched from reality I fear that these feminists ideals could even pose a threat to women making them believe they are stronger than they are.