Upright Women Wanted

Upright Women WantedIn Upright Women Wanted, Award Winning Author Sarah Gailey Reinvents The Pulp Western With An Explicitly Antifascist, Near Future Story Of Queer IdentityThat Girl S Got 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 PropagandaThe Future American Southwest Is Full Of Bandits, Fascists, And Queer Librarian Spies On Horseback Trying To Do The Right Thing 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 stumbles to the edge of a precipice, falls off Esther wonders, not for the first time, what reason it is to cling so stubbornly to her defiance when the current is pulling so hard in the other direction Esther then decides to run away to join the Librarians in the hope that the company of such chaste, 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 stumbles to the edge of a precipice, falls off Esther wonders, not for the first time, what reason it is to cling so stubbornly to her defiance when the current is pulling so hard in the other direction Esther then decides to run away to join the Librarians in the hope that the company of such chaste, morally upright women would rid her of the wrongness inside her.But Esther soon discovers how absurdly, ridiculously na ve she has been Her mind had been empty of understanding of the world, but in the company of queer gunslinger librarians who rejected the choices, the limits the world gave them and who looked at the laws and rules as though they were sticks of chewing gum that had long lost their taste and needed to be spat out it begins to fill in, layer by layer.The fire in Esther wasn t smothered after all, only banked, and it would burn Keep fighting It will be hard, and it will be awful, and it will be worth it Don t give up, even when it feels like dying Don t give up This is only the beginning Upright Women Wanted takes place somewhere vaguely in the realm of the near future, in a fictional America that deteriorated into the Old West To live in this world of poverty, toil and human terror was to spare only enough attention for your fellow man to hate him for a few precious seconds before you got back to ignoring him Revolutions ignited like a chain of firecrackers, all this instability was like blood in the water, and the craftily rendered characters of Gailey s novel swam in it.The plot is simple, but sturdily so And for such a short book, it s packed with characters who step wholly into the page page, and doggedly follow you off of it once the story is over.Watching Esther s character development was like watching a new lamb struggle to their feet With her father s authority weighing on her like a pillow on the face her whole life, Esther had believed that girls like her do not fling themselves against the crushing weight of fate It was hope that had Beatriz always so far ahead of her, but Esther had parted company with hope long ago But as Esther spends the pages precipitous drop into darkness alongside Bet and Leda, the Librarians whose wagon she sneaked into and who were a lesbian couple, and Cye who prefers to go by the pronoun they and whom Esther is developing a crush on, she begins to feel herself bigger and brighter in their reflections of her These people, as familiar to her as her own palm, had built her a bridge to a possible future And Esther just had to cross it Everywhere, Esther whispered to herself There are people like us everywhere Upright Women Wanted tugged on some mysterious thread inside me, and reading it felt like reaching toward your reflection in a mirror and finding warm flesh under your fingertips that magical, fearful symmetry It is a unique, hearty, thought provoking romp that for all its luxuriating in the gritty, hardscrabble texture of the Old West is bracingly progressive Fascism, patriarchy, queerphobia are incisively observed, and in every wind blown crag and hard edged crevice of this story, people find ways to live and survive or die on their own terms.This is ultimately a novel that is keenly attuned to the deeper music in the speeches and hand painted signs of protest It s a celebration of the people who scurry along the margins of the world, looking for ways out, unwilling to slice at themselves from different angles, jigsawing the pieces however they can, caulking in the odd bits, to fit themselves into the narrow confines of conventional society.If there is a flaw to be found is that, while the novel wraps up just enough plot threads to make the book feel like a complete story, I had wanted just a little bitfrom its conclusion, and I was left craving an unnameable something that felt missing from the short novella But I think that owesto my reluctance to let it go, and my desire to stay a little bit longer in this world.That said, a much needed, powerful and thoughtful overhaul of the age old Western tale, Upright Women Wanted belongs on every shelf ko fi blog twitter tumblr 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 America The librarians operate to bring Approved Materials to different outposts, but they have other goals This story follows the subversive, queer, antifascists librarians as they pick up a package to drop off elsewhere Esther stows away in the librarians cart with the hope of becoming a librarian S 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 America The librarians operate to bring Approved Materials to different outposts, but they have other goals This story follows the subversive, queer, antifascists librarians as they pick up a package to drop off elsewhere Esther stows away in the librarians cart with the hope of becoming a librarian She had run away from an arranged marriage, after her lover had been hanged for possession of Unapproved Materials She finds out the librarians are queer, like her, and that there s manypeople across the country that are like them I would ve loved to diveinto the story and these characters, but Gailey does a great job at giving us enough to get us hooked into the story There s so muchthat could be done with this amazing premise and I want it to keep going pls Additional enjoyment of this book came from the fact that I m currently a librarian in training as I m doing my MLIS, so yeah, I m feelin pretty badass about my career choice ARC received through NetGalley for honest review 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 in time to days of the cowboys Most men and some women know how to shoot and how to ride Men are large and in charge though with harsh punishment, like hanging for crimes like reading the wrong pamphlet and loving someone of the same sex Our heroine, Esther, is a dumb kid who believes everything 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 in time to days of the cowboys Most men and some women know how to shoot and how to ride Men are large and in charge though with harsh punishment, like hanging for crimes like reading the wrong pamphlet and loving someone of the same sex Our heroine, Esther, is a dumb kid who believes everything her authoritarian father tells her, and accepts it until her lover and best friend is killed She hides in the wagon of the Librarians, upright women who decimate approved reading for the towns on their route Chaos ensues, with a couple of top notch shootouts and a lot of growing up for Esther See above title for my review I wrote it in the wrong box And sevenwords are required for this The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thingOH WOW CATCH ME CRYING FRIENDS Read and discussed in this vlog where I used a paid book recommendation service to choose what I read Read and discussed in this vlog where I used a paid book recommendation service to choose what I read 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, a humble ace, could not understand how the protagonist could go from mourning her best friend lover who was JUST executed to eyeballing the hot enby trainee librarian in the space of a single day Perhaps this seems perfectly normal to allosexuals and wouldn t bother other readers at all, but to m 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, a humble ace, could not understand how the protagonist could go from mourning her best friend lover who was JUST executed to eyeballing the hot enby trainee librarian in the space of a single day Perhaps this seems perfectly normal to allosexuals and wouldn t bother other readers at all, but to me it was gross as hell, and I couldn t get back into the protagonist s POV Your girlfriend JUST DIED, what do you care if a stranger is cute That aside, the worldbuilding is fun, and probably evenso to people who like Wild West stories I think the story left off in the right place for a novella it leaves the protagonist s future journey wide open This was absolutely just as amazing as I expected it to be RTC 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, and old fashioned shoot em up scenes Sounds like a lot but lacks much of a plot 5 stars for effort but overall, it fell far short of those 5 stars A few chuckles and some kick ass lesbian Librarians don t necessarily add up to an incredible story 2.5 stars rounded up. 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 of the American West in a near future where gasoline was not readily available could have been rich, but we don t really see enough of that society Overall 2.5 Now I want to be a librarian.

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  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Upright Women Wanted
  • Sarah Gailey
  • English
  • 05 October 2018
  • 1250213584