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A Thin Bright Line

The Big Bang Symphony

Biting the Apple

The Ice Cave

Selected Works

Fiction
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.
Nonfiction
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.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe's most recent novel, A Thin Bright Line, came out in October 2016. She's the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and four other novels, including The Big Bang Symphony.

Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese.

Lucy loves teaching workshops, cooking, traveling anywhere, basketball, doing anything outside, and telling stories. She's traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on the Russian ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica. She has also stayed in a number of field camps, both on the coast and in the Transantarctic mountains, where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang.

A new novel, The Evolution of Love, will be out in May 2018. Summer Wood, author of Raising Wrecker, writes, “This fast-paced nail biter of a novel uses a disaster in the near future to explore a basic question: can love save us from ourselves? I read ravenously to find the answer. Lucy Jane Bledsoe is a brave and brainy writer, and The Evolution of Love is a rare mix of erudition, adventure and hard-won wisdom.” And Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, writes, "Highly recommended."

Bledsoe's collection, Lava Falls, a novella and stories at the intersection of wilderness, family, and survival, will be out in Fall 2018.

Lucy's work is represented by:
Reiko Davis, DeFiore and Company
47 East 19th Street, Third Floor
New York, NY 10003

Fiction
Lava Falls, a novella and stories, University of Wisconsin Press, Fall 2018.
The Evolution of Love, a novel, Rare Bird Books, Spring 2018.
A Thin Bright Line, a novel, University of Wisconsin Press, 2016
The Big Bang Symphony: a novel of Antarctica, Terrace Books, 2010
Biting the Apple, Da Capo, 2007
This Wild Silence, Alyson, 2003
Working Parts, Seal Press, 1997
Sweat: Stories and a Novella, Seal Press, 1995

Nonfiction
The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, Terrace Books, 2006

Children's
Feral, Margaret Ferguson Books, forthcoming.
How to Survive in Antarctica, Holiday House,2006
The Antarctic Scoop, Holiday House,2003
Cougar Canyon, Holiday House, 2001
Hoop Girlz, Holiday House,2002
Tracks in the Snow, Avon Books,1997
The Big Bike Race, Avon Books,1995