We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Join Quan Barry for an evening at Boswell for We Ride Upon Sticks - Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7 pm

— Boswell Book Company

It’s 1989 and the Danvers Lady Falcons field hockey team is having another crappy year. So what harm could it do to take a cue from the witches of the city’s past and inscribe their names in a demonic book, especially if it helps you start winning games? With each game getting its own chapter, and each chapter bringing another player and her journey to adulthood to life, Barry’s second novel captures the excitement of a pennant race with the power of a feminist comic novel, notably a comic-steeped-in-the-eighties one.

— Daniel Goldin


From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You're Born, a comic tour de female force about a 1980s field hockey team.

In the coastal town of Danvers, MA, home of the original 1692 witch trials, the 1989 Danvers Falcons will do anything to make it to the state finals -- even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. 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 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 wily, original, and bold, flaunting society's stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship.

About the Author

Raised in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts, QUAN BARRY is the author of the novel She Weeps Each Time You're Born, as well as of four books of poetry; her collection Water Puppets won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was a PEN Open Book finalist. She has received NEA Fellowships in both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in such publications as Ms. and The New Yorker. Barry lives in Wisconsin and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Praise For…

“A perfect blend of aesthetic and narrative pleasure . . . It’s very funny and a little angry and a lot of fun.” —Maris Kreizman
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524748098
ISBN-10: 1524748099
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 384