Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Adult Alternate History/Future (Speculative Fiction)
Year Release: February 4, 2020
Source: The Publisher, Tor.com
|Received an ARC from the publisher, Tor.com
The Wild West seems to be a having a very small moment. If you enjoyed Gailey’s first novella, River of Teeth, Upright Women Wanted will tickle those cowboy needs, albeit with fewer swamps and hippos.
The femmes in this novel are all so complex. Queer librarians actually spying for the resistance on horseback? A tough cinnamon roll who followed all the rules only to run away from there? A non-binary who code-switches when going into towns to protect the mission at large? Casual polyamory? Betrayals? This novel has so many trappings of a great desert adventure on horseback and so much more. The world-building is great and gives context to the work these librarians do without actually having to spell it out for the reader. In addition, it doesn’t flinch away from the mundane nastiness of life on the road, and I found that magical.
It bears repeating: if you liked Gailey’s first two novellas, you’re going to be enamored with this one.