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You can order Lucy's books at Amazon or Powell's Bookstore or at Women & Children First or find another bookstore at IndieBound.org.

Selected Works

Fiction
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.

Coming in October: A Thin Bright Line, a novel


Based on a true story, A Thin Bright Line is an American love story that takes place during the Cold War. When a heartbroken woman takes a highly classified government job working with the first ever climate scientists, she agrees to the condition that she pretend to be heterosexual. She joyously fails. A Thin Bright Line is about the impossible compromises of queer life in the 50s and 60s and how one woman rises above the restraints of her time.


"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