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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel av Quan Barry
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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (utgåvan 2020)

av Quan Barry (Författare)

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Acclaimed novelist Quan Barry delivers a tour de female force in this delightful novel. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts, where the accusations began that led to the 1692 witch trials, We Ride Upon Sticks follows the 1989 Danvers High School Falcons field hockey team, who will do anything to make it to the state finals--even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. In chapters dense with 1980s iconography--from Heathers to "big hair"--Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective progress of this enchanted team as they storm their way through an unforgettable season.   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 Falcons prove to be wily, original, and bold, flaunting society's stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship.… (mer)
Medlem:nancyjean19
Titel:We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel
Författare:Quan Barry (Författare)
Info:Pantheon (2020), 384 pages
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I liked this book so much I bought a hard copy after listening to it because I want to reread it. I am totally the target audience -- seniors on a field hockey team in 1989 in Massachusetts. And to make second-person PLURAL not only work but become the only way the story could be told ...! It got me with its multi-character focus (hello, Westing Game), its diversity of race and culture and sexuality and gender identity, its slipstreaming in and out of magic and history. And sports -- don't forget it is all about succeeding at sports (fuck you, Lance Bourjaily). I can quibble with how some plot twists landed, especially Girl Corey's, but Barry lifts up and loves all her characters, and the note about the coach being based on her real coach had me tearing up. ( )
1 rösta erikasolberg770 | Jun 8, 2021 |
Loved it. Kept me thoroughly entertained on a long car ride. Fantastic characters. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Apr 27, 2021 |
I won an advanced copy of this book and I’m so glad I did! It was fun to read, I laughed at nearly everything. The late 80’s early 90’s era of big hair, teen-bop, and sexuality, combined with witty humor made this book such a joy. I knew nothing about field hockey going into it, would have never wanted to read a “sports” book, but this was that/wasn’t that and was everything and more! I can’t say anything more without giving it away but I really loved this story! ( )
  MissLissa23 | Mar 24, 2021 |
I won an advanced copy of this book and I’m so glad I did! It was fun to read, I laughed at nearly everything. The late 80’s early 90’s era of big hair, teen-bop, and sexuality, combined with witty humor made this book such a joy. I knew nothing about field hockey going into it, would have never wanted to read a “sports” book, but this was that/wasn’t that and was everything and more! I can’t say anything more without giving it away but I really loved this story! ( )
  MissLissa23 | Mar 24, 2021 |
This novel is about a high school field hockey team in Danvers, Massachussetts at the end of the eighties. Their team's record is one of unbroken defeat until at a summer training camp, with the help of the dark arts and a notebook with Emilio Estevez on the cover, they turn things around and, along the way, change things in their own lives. Of course, such bargains never come without a hidden cost.

I didn't want to read this book. Between the cover and the mention of witches, I had the idea that this was some sort of loosely disguised Harry Potter quidditch fan fiction which, I am happy to report that it is very much not. What is in this novel is a story of a team working together, with a lot of eighties nostalgia and references to the witches of Salem. There's a theme of how important conformity was and how much better it is for teenagers who don't fit tidily within their assigned boxes today.

This is the kind of book that will leave you either reaching for your boxed set of John Hughes movies or breathing a deep sign of relief that that decade is long gone. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Mar 5, 2021 |
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Acclaimed novelist Quan Barry delivers a tour de female force in this delightful novel. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts, where the accusations began that led to the 1692 witch trials, We Ride Upon Sticks follows the 1989 Danvers High School Falcons field hockey team, who will do anything to make it to the state finals--even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. In chapters dense with 1980s iconography--from Heathers to "big hair"--Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective progress of this enchanted team as they storm their way through an unforgettable season.   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 Falcons prove to be wily, original, and bold, flaunting society's stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship.

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