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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Nenia ? Aspiring Evil Overlord ? Campbell

    This sounds like one of those 90s sports movies, only with a dash of Satanism."Salem's hockey team lost every game they ever played. Just when they felt like they were all out of puck... they received...

  • Brianna Carosi

    I got this as an advanced copy for nycc so I took some pretty intense notes. The things I really liked about the book was the witchcraft and reckless abandon. And how supportive of each other the team...

  • Bill Kupersmith

    Most literature of sport Ive read features bat and ball games - either cricket or baseball. Except for Enid Blyton, Field Hockey (ie, real hockey, not ice hockey) has been an orphan. This year happily...

  • Catherine

    I was given the chance to read this for NYCC. I don't usually write reviews so I do apologize if this doesn't help.** SPOILER FREE** I didn't really mesh with Quan Barry's writing. I felt that there w...

  • Drew

    This book is, in all the best ways, like a campier Megan Abbott novel. I loved the way Barry merged between third-person specific narration and first-person-plural, I loved the trials and tribulations...

  • 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. Chefs kiss....

  • Tess

    WE RIDE UPON STICKS is downright fantastic. This book is like nothing I've read before; Barry's writing is singular and magical, hilarious and heartwarming. A total surprise that I wolfed down and the...

  • Leah Rachel von Essen

    In We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry, the 1989 Danvers field hockey team is tired of losing. So they do what any desperate squad of teenage girls would do: pledge their loyalty to the Devil in exchang...