We Ride Upon Sticks

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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.

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Title:We Ride Upon Sticks
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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 ...

  • 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...

  • Marc

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel! Yes, the characters are in the Class of '90 but as a member of the Class of '88 it all rang true. The 1980s were a difficult time if you were a person of color...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Bill Kupersmith

    Most literature of sport I’ve 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 happ...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? 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...