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It was an easy enjoyable summer read. Cool concept with the main character's family background in midwifery, but modern interpretations of queerness felt a little forced at times and character development could have been deeper. ( )
I don't think I've read anything like this before. The different take on the Hole in the Wall Gang sort of took me by surprise. I don't remember what the blurb said when I initially read it and I've thought of a hundred books since then. My remembery isn't so good...
I have mixed feelings about certain aspects of the story but, overall, I enjoyed it and it made me think.
4.5 rounded up.
Not at all what I expected, with the Sundance Kid involved, but a great genderfluid western. Read on recommendation, I think it was via Itinerant Reader in Charleston. Though a bit uneven in pacing and reveals, I still, overall, liked it. 2022 read.
Interesting book taking place in an alternate version of the past. Good fast read and good writing.
A queer feminist western with compelling characters. What’s not to love? I did not want this novel to end.
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The latest foray comes from Anna North, a reporter for Vox. Her new novel, “Outlawed,” stirs up the western with a provocative blend of alt-history and feminist consciousness. The result is a thrilling tale eerily familiar but utterly transformed....What’s most unsettling, though, is how similar so much remains to the position women long endured in America’s actual history. In “Outlawed,” marriages are celebrated for their fecundity, and mothers of lots of children enjoy considerable social power. But with medical science stuck in its earliest stages, wives bear the full blame for infertility. Although popular opinion is in flux between biology and magic, miscarriages are widely believed to be the work of witches....In North’s galloping prose, it’s a fantastically cinematic adventure that turns the sexual politics of the Old West inside out. But if this is a legendary story, it’s a legend with its own idiosyncratic and highly satisfying ending. I won’t say anything more — except that these women, as you might expect, don’t ride off into the sunset. They get down to work.
"The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West. In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw. The day of her wedding, 17 year old Ada's life looks good; she loves her husband, and she loves working as an apprentice to her mother, a respected midwife. But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows. She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose, and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she's willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all. Featuring an irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine, Outlawed dusts off the myth of the old West and reignites the glimmering promise of the frontier with an entirely new set of feminist stakes. Anna North has crafted a pulse-racing, page-turning saga about the search for hope in the wake of death, and for truth in a climate of small-mindedness and fear"--
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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