When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Staff Pick

This strident, moving, alternate-history novel begins in a 1955 US where hundreds of thousands of women spontaneously turn into dragons and fly away, causing no small amount of chaos and concern in the communities they leave behind. Barnhill's story follows the life of a young girl raised in the aftermath of this "Mass Dragoning," and deftly weaves a fascinating consideration of questions including how we confront patriarchal power structures, how censorship impacts solidarity, and how we can find solidarity in the face of gender-based violences. This heartfelt page turner reaffirms Barnhill as one of today's premiere feminist fantasists.

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ISBN: 9780593466575
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Published: Anchor - May 16th, 2023