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Upright Women Wanted (Hardcover)

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When Esther stows away in the Librarian’s Wagon, she thinks that she will discover a way to become a better, more useful member of society. That’s what the Librarians are, according to the propaganda: an Honorable Brigade of Morally Upright Women - if she can become a Librarian, perhaps she can chase away the shadow that’s chasing her and the impure thoughts that keep plaguing her. But the Librarians are not what they seem, and Esther has gotten into a whole mess of trouble she wasn’t prepared for. In a rollicking ride through an alternate dystopian future, follow Esther into the wilds of the Southwest as she learns how to ride, how to shoot, and how to accept who she is. Sarah Gailey’s newest novella is a tale of queer identity, found family, and the Wild West.

— Kylie

The future American Southwest is a dystopia of controlled media, lone outposts in the desert, and gunslinging queer librarian spies just trying to do the right thing. A blazing and well-executed novella full of heart and rollicking adventure. What are you waiting for? Fight the good fight. Read it.

— From KelleyAnn Staff Picks

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A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist!
A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!
A 2020 ALA Booklist Top 10 SF/F Pick!
A Booklist Editor's Choice Pick!

Book Riot's Best Books of 2020 So Far!

Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR | NYPL | Booklist | Bustle | Den of Geek

In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.


“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”

Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her—a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.

The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.

Praise for Upright Women Wanted

"A good old-fashioned horse opera for the 22nd century. Gunslinger librarians of the apocalypse are on a mission to spread public health, decency, and the revolution."—Charles Stross

"A dazzling neo-western adventure. . . . Gailey’s gorgeous writing and authentic characters make this slim volume a pure delight."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author


Hugo Award-winning and bestselling author Sarah Gailey is the author of the novels The Echo Wife and Magic for Liars. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and The Boston Globe, and they won a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Their fiction credits also include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Praise For…


A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist!
A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!
A 2020 ALA Booklist Top 10 SF/F Pick!
A Booklist Editor's Choice Pick!

Book Riot's Best Books of 2020 So Far!

Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR | NYPL | Booklist | Bustle | Den of Geek

"A dazzling neo-western adventure. . . . Gailey’s gorgeous writing and authentic characters make this slim volume a pure delight."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A breezy, rousing and unrelentingly fun gallop.” –NPR, Best Books of 2020

Praise for American Hippo: River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and New Stories

"Fun and charming with killer hippos and even better characters." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of seedy westerns will greatly enjoy this tale of gold-tusked hippos and the miscreants who ride them." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250213587
ISBN-10: 1250213584
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Pages: 176
Language: English