In a sort of post-apocalyptic 1890s America, Ada is the daughter and apprentice of the midwife in a small town in the Dakotas. She is branded a witch and forced to flee from her hometown because she is barren. She makes her way to a convent filled with other barren women and vows to seek out the causes of barrenness in order to help herself and others. Then, hold on to your horse, she joins up with a group of lady outlaws who dress as men. Their leader, the charismatic Kid, who envisions creating a haven for women who have been misused and cast aside, concocts a dangerous plan that threatens to tear the gang apart. It's a western, a modern-day commentary on women's rights and a page-turning adventure rolled into one.
A beautifully written novel of love and violence set in Paradise. The story focuses on Lana, the latest in a lineage of women who have become ensnared in a cycle of domestic abuse, her criminal husband, and the ex-pats he targets. Trigger Warning for Domestic Abuse.