the next good book


By Anna North


261 pages

What’s it about?
This slim novel takes us back to 1894 and a different Wild West.  The flu has killed a large percentage of the population and a woman’s worth is tied up in having babies.  Ada is seventeen when she marries, and excited to become a wife and a mother.  When she doesn’t become pregnant right away she begins to fear she will be branded a witch, and sent to prison or killed.  Her mother sends her away before that can happen.  She joins up with the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang and an interesting story begins.

What did it make me think about?
This was just a fun gender-bending adventure story.

Should I read it?
I highly recommend this one.  It has been said that it isA Handmaid’s TalemeetsButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kidand I can’t think of a better way to describe this book.  This book is for anyone who likes a quick adventure story- with a twist.

“I tried to picture what it would be like to leave home because you wanted to- to be able to simply choose a different life.  It was beyond my imagining.”

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