From a blazing new voice in fiction, a gritty and lyrical American epic about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy and heads west
In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her familys homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jesss quest lands her in the employ of the territorys violent, capricious Governor, whose militia is also hunting Noahdead or alive.
Wrestling with her brothers outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.
Told in Jesss wholly original and unforgettable voice, Whiskey When Were Dry is a stunning achievement, an epic as expansive as America itselfand a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history.