We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry


We Ride Upon Sticks… is for the kind of adults who watch Stranger Things and still have, somewhere, an athletic award inscribed on a paper plate.”NPR

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 that (maybe) makes a deal with the devil.

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As someone with a heavy interest in both the 80s/90s and the paranormal, this book has nearly everything I could want. At first, I had a difficult time reading it – but then I fell in love with it.

Enter the Danvers’ Girls Field Hockey team, a group of women fed up with their losing streak, who resolve to use magic to take their latest season by storm. Quan Barry’s background as a poet fuels the humorous quality of the prose, and the wide cast of women, each of them distinct and developed, rounds out the rest of the, somewhat relaxed, story. A lovingly put together time capsule of big hair and mysticism, 1989/2000. -Sylvie


Now coming onto the field, your Screaming Falcons:
Captain Abby Putnam – good girl descended directly from famous Salem accuser Ann Putnam
Jen Fiorenza – top bitch co-captain whose hair style, affectionally called “The Claw,” is a character unto itself
Mel Bouche – French Canadian goalie who’s probably a lesbian but then again, maybe not
A.J. Johnson – the one African American team member, she is on a mission to remove Huck Finn from all English classes
Sue Yoon – she wows the school with her portrayal of Tituba in the drama club’s production of The Crucible

Acclaimed novelist Quan Barry delivers a tour de female force in this delightful novel. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts, where the accusations began that led to the 1692 witch trials, We Ride Upon Sticks follows the 1989 Danvers High School Falcons field hockey team, who will do anything to make it to the state finals—even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. In chapters dense with 1980s iconography—from Heathers to “big hair”—Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective progress of this enchanted team as they storm their way through an unforgettable season.

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 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.

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
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