Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
“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.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Misogyny & sexism
- Queemisia & internalised queermisia
- Attempted nonconsensual arranged marriage
- Grief & loss depiction
- Death of a friend recounted
- Gun violence
- Hanging recounted (off-page)