This amazing novel crackles with the spirit and tenacity of the characters. Imagine a Hole In The Wall Gang where all the members are women. Alrighty. I am all in. Anna North kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read OUTLAWED. It’s so unique. A modern day telling of an old western that will blow your mind. There is nothing out there like it!
The next five paragraphs are from Goodreads because this is so darn good!
The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.
In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw.
The day of her wedding, 17 year old Ada’s life looks good; she loves her husband, and she loves working as an apprentice to her mother, a respected midwife. But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows.
She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose, and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she’s willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all.
Featuring an irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine, Outlawed dusts off the myth of the old West and reignites the glimmering promise of the frontier with an entirely new set of feminist stakes. Anna North has crafted a pulse-racing, page-turning saga about the search for hope in the wake of death, and for truth in a climate of small-mindedness and fear.
I gobbled this unique and edgy novel up like a cat laps a bowl of cream. I do have to say I’m not a fan of the cover. I think it could be way better. But the story more than makes up for it. Copperfish has copies of
by Anna North in stock right this minute. They are discounted 20% because this is a brand new novel. If I were you I would run to get my copy. It’s quite simply a stunning novel.
OUTLAWED is published by Bloomsbury Publishing. I read my review copy digitally through Edelweiss. I was grateful to be able to read so far ahead, as always.