We Ride Upon Sticks

We Ride Upon Sticks

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.

Title:We Ride Upon Sticks
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524748098
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    We Ride Upon Sticks Reviews

  • Roxane

    Very dense prose. So so many characters. Field hockey! New England! Clever plot! A fine read!...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    4.5 stars. What a goddamned delight of a book. I laughed at something nearly every paragraph. I got to know these characters deeply. This book understands the dark magic of teenage girls and opens it ...

  • Blaine

    Every three hundred years or so, our kind gets loosed upon an unsuspecting world. And this time around, the history books would know us as the 1989 Danvers High School Women’s Varsity Field Hockey t...

  • Lily Herman

    Brb, still trying to rewire my mind after what I just read.Quan Barry's We Ride Upon Sticks was one of the most original books I've read in a long time. The concept was fresh, and there was a lot of p...

  • Renee // Feminist Book Club Box and Podcast

    If Now and Then, Pretty in Pink, and Practical Magic all had a baby who grew up to play field hockey, it would be this book. Perfection. Chef’s kiss. ...

  • Kelly

    A total and utter delight of a book that reminded me a lot of NOW AND THEN. The story follows a team of field hockey players in Danvers, Massachusetts, who believe they're imbued with the power of wit...

  • The Artisan Geek

    1/2/20Gals signing their name in to the Devil's Book sounds really thrilling! I could do for a fun and dark book!!You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website...

  • Debby

    I should have bailed! I kept thinking it had to get better, based on the multitude of glowing reviews. No such luck. I'm only a few years older than the girls (and guy) on the team, so the '80s refere...

  • Samantha

    Easily one of the best books I’ve read thus far this year. Quan Barry writes beautifully, hilariously, and wisely about the 1989 Danvers High field hockey team as they dabble in witchcraft on their ...

  • Sunny

    This book is fucking flawless ...