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When Women Were Dragons

By Kelly Barnhill
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill digital book - Fable

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A GOODREADS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A fiery feminist fantasy tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are.
 
"Ferociously imagined…and as exhilarating as a ride on dragonback." —Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy

"Completely fierce, unmistakably feminist, and subversively funny." —Bonnie Garmus, bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry
 
In the first adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Ogress and The Orphans, Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours, except for its most seminal event: the Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales, and talons; left a trail of fiery destruction in their path; and took to the skies. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex’s beloved aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn’t know. It’s taboo to speak of.
 
Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of this astonishing event: a mother more protective than ever; an absentee father; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and 
watching her beloved cousin Bea become dangerously obsessed with the forbidden.

In this timely and timeless speculative novel, award-winning author Kelly Barnhill boldly explores rage, memory, and the tyranny of forced limitations. When Women Were Dragons exposes a world that wants to keep women small—their lives and their prospects—and examines what happens when they rise en masse and take up the space they deserve.

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3.5
Expressionless Face“I won't deny that the concept is interesting, and I liked that the "dragoning" was never tied to one specific thing, but is a stand-in for general female enlightenment and agency. That being said, to write a book in 2022 about feminism that touches on zero intersectionality was....a choice”
Thumbs Up“I really liked the premise of this book! I could imagine myself and other women literally “dragoning” as a result of the unreasonable and oppressive demands of the patriarchy. It really missed the mark by not including an intersectional lens of the experiences of women of color. The characters are all white. Race isn’t addressed at all. There are uprisings/ marches of women/dragons that parallel the civil rights movement with no acknowledgment of events the actual events they’re clearly inspired by. My guess is this book would’ve been a lot more interesting and relatable had the author thought to explore race and other intersectional identities more. Disability was another oversight and opportunity given the accommodations made to spaces.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingRealistic settingThought-provokingLack of diversityPredictableUnsatisfying ending
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Characters change and growImmersive settingRealistic settingComing of age
“If you know me you know I love a unique story and this was exactly that. The premise is of course quite bizarre but it was easy to relate to in a weird way. The feminine themes are heavy throughout, which I appreciated. The story takes place in the 50s-60s and a time when women were viewed as only care takers and wives and considered as taking up space in the world of continued education. This read encompasses both first loves and losses, happiness and utter grief, breaking standard expectations and glass ceilings. If you appreciated Lessons in Chemistry, then I think you will enjoy this book.”

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