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November 3, 2020 at 3:55 am #3592Efren AllenGuest
We Ride Upon Sticks
by Quan Barry
- Publisher: Pantheon Books
- Author: Quan Barry
- ISBN: 9781524748098 (1524748099)
- Genres: fiction, fantasy, sports, adult, historical, witches, humor
- Format: hardcover, 367 pages
- Release date: March 3, 2020
- Language: english
- Places: Danvers, Massachusetts
About The Book
From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You’re Born comes a new novel, at once comic and moving. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts (which in 1692 was Salem Village, site of the origins of the Salem Witch Trials), it follows the Danvers High field hockey team as they discover that the dark impulses of their Salem forebears may be the key to a winning season.
In this tour de female force, the 1989 Danvers Falcons are on an unaccountable winning streak. In chapters dense with ’80s iconography — from Heathers to Big Hair — Quan Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective journeys of this enchanted team as they storm their way to the state championship. Helmed by good-girl captain Abby Putnam (a descendant of the infamous Salem accuser Ann Putnam) and her co-captain Jen Fiorenza, whose bleached blond “Claw” sees and knows all, the DHS Falcons prove to be as wily and original as their North of Boston ancestors, flaunting society’s stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport.
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