Whiskey When We're Dry

Whiskey When We're Dry

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Facing starvation and worse when she is orphaned on her family's 1885 homestead, seventeen-year-old sharpshooter Jessilyn Harney cuts off her hair and disguises herself as a boy to journey across the mountains in search of her outlaw brother.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735220447
0735220441
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Whiskey when we are dry

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This coming of age, character-driven, and sometimes violent western deals with an orphaned homesteader setting off in search of her outlaw brother.

I loved the young protagonist who, after being orphaned on her family’s homestead in the late 1800s, disguises herself as a boy and sets out to find her outlaw brother. - Laura B.


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nellybells
Jul 21, 2019

Original in concept and even more original in execution. I could not stop reading. 2 am and I could not stop reading. The book is thrilling and fast-paced. So much off to the side historical detail. Post Civil War and folks are struggling with: the war, Indians, free Blacks, women's roles, going west for promised land (both meanings), the bosses vs. the workers, loss of animal habitat and changes to the land. And here is Jesse a girl disguised as a boy to find her outlaw brother. What a find!

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WoodneathAngie
Mar 21, 2019

A western with a feminist twist with lyrical writing.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 11, 2019

This 2018 novel joins contemporary takes on the western like "The Sisters Brothers," "West," and "Haints Stay." Considering what an essentially American genre the western is, there are very few great western novels. "Whiskey" is a true gritty story of a teenage girl who disguises herself as a boy (Like "Mulan!") to go searching for her outlaw brother. It deals with some classic western themes with a fresh eye and some vivid dialogue. I feel the first half of the novel is stronger than the second. Larison went to U of O and OSU and lives in Oregon. Suggested pairing: whiskey.

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7626dee
Mar 09, 2019

Very original tale written in a rather archaic style. The wild west when it was really wild. Ladies to the fore!

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NedSu
Nov 24, 2018

I don't read this genre much- it is an almost classic western. With that caveat, I must say I did enjoy it. It is a dark novel in that it portrays the rough existence of the 1880's in the west. The protagonist/ narrator is a female who becomes more manly as the tale evolves. But it does have its sunnier moments as the narrator trades quips and insults with the other characters. The story itself is about the quest to find family and what family means, and has its classics gunfighter moments. All in all, it satisfies my old west yearning.

Nicr Oct 30, 2018

Post Civil War. The adventures of orphan Jesse Straight, born Jessilyn Harney, as he/she ventures west in search of her outlaw brother Noah. Questions of faith, fate and free will reverberate. And if Noah disappoints as an outlaw, Jess does not. A memorable narrative voice.

DCLadults Oct 18, 2018

A New & Noteworthy pick. It’s spring 1885 and a young woman finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's cattle ranch. She cuts her hair, disguises herself as a boy, and heads out to find her outlaw brother. A totally original story of the Wild West.

jabberbooky May 29, 2018

A totally original story of the Wild West. In the Spring of 1885, a young woman finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's cattle ranch. She cuts her hair, disguises herself as a boy and heads out to find her outlaw brother. Nothing comes easily to Jessilyn, but it's a story that will draw you in and is unlike any other western you may have read.

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