A breathtaking revisionist western that comments subtly yet profoundly on gender and masculinity, Whiskey When We’re Dry is the tale of a female orphan disguising herself as a boy and heading out West. Steeped in the American mythic and resounding with rich characterisation and frontier spirit, this is a fresh and vibrant take on a venerable literary genre.
A gritty and lyrical American epic about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy and heads West.
In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family’s homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbours, she cuts her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her gun-slinging fugitive brother Noah and bring him home.
A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess’s quest lands her in the employ of the territory’s violent, capricious governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah – dead or alive. Wrestling with her brother’s outlaw identity, and haunted by questions of her own, Jess must outmanoeuvre those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.
Told in Jess’s wholly original and unforgettable voice, the story brims with page-turning Western action, but its approach is modern and nuanced, touching on powerful issues from gender and sexuality to family and identity.
In the sweeping storytelling tradition of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove and Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, Whiskey When We're Dry transcends the straight-and-narrow Western to land among the classics
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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