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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)
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Titel:We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel
Författare:Quan Barry (Författare)
Info:Pantheon (2020), 384 pages
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audiobook - adult fiction (humor, dark magic, social commentary set in 1989 Massachusetts)

fun premise, but probably about 10 hours too long; you are basically following each member of the field hockey team through school--stuff happens, more stuff happens, more stuff happens, more stuff happens until finally (16 hours later), it ends. Feels more like an extended exercise in recreating the time period--fine if you're feeling nostalgic, but the story lacks a compelling enough arc to sustain it for that long of a journey.

Still, the writing was funny and enjoyable, and positively reflected the author's diverse background. I would read more from this author, but wouldn't necessarily recommend this particular title (though many others did enjoy it and do recommend it, so you might feel entirely differently). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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 |
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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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