Upright Women Wanted

Sarah Gailey

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
adventurous hopeful fast-paced

176 pages | first published 2020

“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.

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Moods

adventurous 95%
hopeful 54%
inspiring 28%
emotional 23%
tense 23%
funny 10%
reflective 10%
dark 9%
lighthearted 9%
mysterious 7%
challenging 5%
sad 3%
relaxing 0%

Pace

fast 75%
medium 20%
slow 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 60% | A mix: 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 13% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 9% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 71% | No: 14% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.76