Upright Women Wanted

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--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.

Title:Upright Women Wanted
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250213587
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    Upright Women Wanted Reviews

  • chai ?

    When Esther Augustus witnesses the public hanging of her lover, Beatriz, for "deviance" and "the possession of unapproved materials”, the fire in her is smothered, and something else inside her stum...

  • Emily (emilykatereads)

    Dec 2019:“be gay, do crimes, circulate books”is tor pandering to me April 2020:This is a short story that packs a punch. Gailey introduces us into this western world that is in a near-future Ameri...

  • Elle (ellexamines)

    “When there’s people around who we don’t trust, we let them think we’re the kinds of people who are allowed to exist.” Upright Women Wanted follows lead character Esther Augustus,...

  • Veronica

    This was a popular ARC in my office at the library, for obvious reasons! I really wanted to love the book (queer! subversive! librarians!) but it just didn't click for me. I think it's mainly that I, ...

  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    This was absolutely just as amazing as I expected it to be. RTC ♥ ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    This was cute and a few of the characters were great, but the story was really thin. I felt like the author just wanted to showcase these particular characters, not to tell a story really. The setting...

  • Beverly

    Wanted and acquired! This is a fun, rooting, tooting cowgirl extravaganza in the New West. The future isn't bright in this post-apocalyptic world in which some states in the former USA have gone back ...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    "The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing. " OH WOW CATCH ME CRYING FRIENDS ...

  • Lala BooksandLala

    Read and discussed in this vlog https://youtu.be/iUN1Zx2N86M where I used a paid book recommendation service to choose what I read....

  • Jenna

    This is a different sort of book that doesn't fit neatly into any genre. It's a western set in a dystopian-future, an LGBQT+ romance, and an action adventure story complete with bandits, sheriffs, an...