Stage Dreams

Stage Dreams

3.89 (1,281 ratings by Goodreads)
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In this rollicking queer western adventure, acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman (Stonewall Award Honor Book As the Crow Flies) puts readers in the saddle alongside Flor and Grace, a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway, as they team up to thwart a Confederate plot in the New Mexico Territory. When Flor--also known as the notorious Ghost Hawk--robs the stagecoach that Grace has used to escape her Georgia home, the first thing on her mind is ransom. But when the two get to talking about Flor's plan to crash a Confederate gala and steal some crucial documents, Grace convinces Flor to let her join the heist.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 198 x 251 x 8mm | 340g
  • Graphic Universe
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 154157284X
  • 9781541572843
  • 506,918

Review quote

As in 2017's As the Crow Flies, the irresistible attraction in Stage Dreams is Melanie Gillman's radiant color work. Using colored pencils, Gillman painstakingly fills in layer upon layer of heathery tones until each page seems to breathe. Their glowing, autumnal palette is perfect for this story of heists and hijinks in the Old West. Fleeing conscription into the Confederate army, Grace, a trans teen from Georgia, boards a stagecoach heading across the New Mexico Territory. In short order she's kidnapped by the notorious Ghost Hawk -- actually Flor, a female bandit with dreams of retiring to a goat farm of her very own. (Goats? asks Grace. Only livestock that's useful and smart, Flor explains.) Flor plans to sneak into an upcoming gathering of Southern rail barons to get information she can sell to the Union army. Grace offers to help, and the pair embark on a complicated caper. While Gillman's narrative skills have improved since As the Crow Flies, they still aren't as strong a storyteller as they are an artist. But Grace and Flor are engaging figures, and Stage Dreams' sweeping lines and dimensional shading are rich pleasures. In an afterward, Gillman offers historical background on trans men in the Confederate army and the American West. Their earnestness and dedication make Stage Dreams memorable.--Etelka Lehoczky for NPR Books-- "Website" (9/22/2019 12:00:00 AM)
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1,281 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 25% (318)
4 44% (565)
3 27% (342)
2 4% (51)
1 0% (5)
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