Selected Works

An American love story with Cold War complications.
Three women--a composer, a galley cook, and a climate change geologist--take jobs in Antarctica where they fall in love and into trouble.
A moment of simultaneous grace and injustice leads to the unraveling of three lives.
Two sisters unveil the truth about their brother's disappearance.
Lori, an adult bicycle mechanic, learns to read -- and much more.
Sports and adventure stories.
For Kids
Armchair travel to Antarctica.
Victoria saves an endangered continent.
River wants to make the WNBA!
A mountain lion prowls into an urban neighborhood.
Two girls survive in a mountain storm.

"It triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." - New York Times Book Review

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"Like the scientists whose papers she edits, Lucybelle Bledsoe is passionate about the truth. Whether it’s the climate history of the planet as illuminated by cores of polar ice, or the pursuit of an authentic emotional life in the miasma of McCarthyism, she operates with piercing honesty. This is gripping historical fiction about queer life at the height of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement, but what really makes it sing are the places where it’s grounded in fact. Through meticulous research, Lucy Bledsoe has reconstructed the life of her long lost Aunt Lucybelle, a woman no one seems to have known much about—but with whom she discovers she shares much more than a name." -- Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

"An engaging and moving novel about an unforgettable character. Bledsoe’s writing is intelligent, unadorned, and unsentimental, which allows us to look at a difficult time in American history with clarity instead of nostalgia." -- Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman

"In this ingenious hybrid of fact and fiction, a fine novelist uses her storytelling skills to recover the lost life of a favorite aunt, a bookish, unmarried scientist from Arkansas. With her story Bledsoe also exhumes a dark, clandestine age in American history, the time of Ann Bannon and Patricia Highsmith, but made more intimate and real." -- Christopher Bram, Eminent Outlaws

"Through her fictional reconstruction of the life of her namesake, her beloved aunt—who fought the good fight as a pioneering professional and a lesbian in unsympathetic times—Lucy Jane Bledsoe recreates an important piece of history and imagines what it was like to live it. A Thin Bright Line is poignant in both its conception and execution." -- Lillian Faderman, The Gay Revolution

"Lucy Jane Bledsoe's A Thin Bright Line is a testament to courage and perseverance in the face of oppression. It's also a compelling, literary page-turner worthy of standing alongside the works of Pat Barker and Graham Greene. It reminds us that we are nothing, deep down, without love and dignity." -- Patrick Ryan, The Dream Life of Astronauts