When Women Were Dragons: A Novel

Written by:
Kelly Barnhill
Narrated by:
Kimberly Farr , Mark Bramhall

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2022
15 hours 29 minutes
A GOODREADS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A fiery feminist fantasy tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are.
'Ferociously imagined…and as exhilarating as a ride on dragonback.' —Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy

'Completely fierce, unmistakably feminist, and subversively funny.' —Bonnie Garmus, bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry
In the first adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Ogress and The Orphans, Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours, except for its most seminal event: the Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales, and talons; left a trail of fiery destruction in their path; and took to the skies. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex’s beloved aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn’t know. It’s taboo to speak of.
Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of this astonishing event: a mother more protective than ever; an absentee father; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and 
watching her beloved cousin Bea become dangerously obsessed with the forbidden.

In this timely and timeless speculative novel, award-winning author Kelly Barnhill boldly explores rage, memory, and the tyranny of forced limitations. When Women Were Dragons exposes a world that wants to keep women small—their lives and their prospects—and examines what happens when they rise en masse and take up the space they deserve.
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The narrator was a little slow reading, but the story is amazing

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I loved this book. Kept my interest through whole story.

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Brian J.

This book is for man haters. If you don't like hearing about sexual abuse with 200 young girls and abuse toward women this is not your book. I was terribly disappointed, the story was either about abuse and shocking or very flat and boring. Also it was very long and I really don't understand all the good reviews.

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Susan P.

Fun, creative and thought provoking!

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