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“In these twelve remarkable stories, the reader journeys from the remotest inner reaches of Alaska to deceptively calm suburban neighborhoods to a research station at the bottom of the world. Yet Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s true territory is the wild, uncharted expanse of the heart. Lava Falls is a wise and wonderful collection. —Kirstin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas

“These tales of kick-ass women adventurers and survivor girls are big-hearted, breathtaking and profound. Reading Lava Falls is like meeting an animal in the wild: I was rapt, unable to turn away, with no idea what would happen next.” —Micah Perks, What Becomes Us

"This novella and group of stories by Lucy Jane Bledsoe will move and surprise and thrill you. Bledsoe brings us right into her characters' lives, taking us on unexpected journeys, and through it all the empowered and vulnerable women in Bledsoe's lively fictional world continually find themselves, so as readers we learn more about survival and are reminded of hope, and find ourselves being delightfully renewed.” —Allen Gee, My Chinese-America


"Fabulous feminist fiction." —Ms. Magazine

"Bledsoe strikes a deft balance between the personal and the political throughout the novel–one of its many strengths is how deeply we are brought to care about Lily and her crew's fate by being forced to confront the brokenness of a world that looks–very eerily–like the one we currently inhabit." —Lambda Literary

"Probes deeply into the root of human behavior–right down to our DNA and how we've evolved as a species from our primate ancestors." —San Jose Mercury Times

"A magnificent, searingly beautiful book, as insightful as it is compassionate." — Elizabeth Percer, All Stories Are Love Stories

“Given our current seemingly endless string of natural disasters, this is a timely story and a compelling one. In the context of a twisting plot, in the company of appealing characters, Bledsoe asks us to think about the resilience of love and hate; what our responsibility to each other is; and who we really are, right down to our DNA. Highly recommended.” — Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Jane Austen Book Club


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

"Empowering and bold." - Publishers Weekly

"A stirring and deeply felt story." - Kirkus Reviews

"Gripping historical fiction about queer life at the height of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement." - Alison Bechdel

"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


Three women – a geologist, a composer, and a galley worker – take jobs in Antarctica. As they each fall in love and into trouble, their lives become more and more entwined – until one crisis binds them in friendship for life.

“In this compelling novel, Bledsoe captures the deadly beauty of the southernmost continent….A well-balanced humdinger of a story keeps this unusual novel hurtling along like a skidoo on the ice." -- Kirkus Reviews

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A moment of simultaneous grace and injustice leads to the unraveling of three lives.

"Pound for pound, Bledsoe's books are hard to beat....Bledsoe, who seems incapable of a false or unwieldy sentence or motion...takes us there to the end of the journey one unflinching page at a time."
-- Kevin Killian

"A haunting and profoundly satisfying novel." -- Lambda Book Report

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True stories of adventure in the wild.

"Layered, literary, and unflinchingly honest." -- World Hum: Travel Dispatches from a Shrinking Planet

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Two sisters unveil the truth about their brother's disappearance.

"A powerful, moving novel, skillfully rendered and beautifully written." -- Scott Mahood, Powell's Books

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Lori, an adult bicycle mechanic, learns to read --and much more.

Winner of the American Library Association Stonewall Award!

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"In an outstanding novella and...rich and satisfying stories, Bledsoe shows herself to be a smart and savvy writer.... In this tender work, Bledsoe perfectly evokes the healing power of the outdoors." -- Publishers Weekly

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FOR KIDS



Armchair travel to Antarctica. Lots of photos!

"Bledsoe's enthusiasm for the wonders of Antarctica is absolutely contagious." -- VOYA

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Victoria saves an endangered continent.

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River wants to make the WNBA!

"Bledsoe cleverly avoids most of the cliches, not only by injecting lots of against-the-grain subplots, including River's hopelessly uncool parents, artists and latter-day hippies who don't believe in competition and eat bee pollen. The basketball scenes are well constructed and realistic, the humor is fresh, and the characters are believeable. Good fun for hoop girls and boys alike." -- Booklist

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A mountain lion prowls into an urban neighborhood.

"Bledsoe creates a winning protagonist in Izzie, whose keen observations, occasionally awkward outspokenness, and independence will appeal to readers, and whose extended family is a real treat." -- Kirkus Reviews

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Two girls survive in a mountain storm.

"The simplicity and intensity of this adventure will satisfy many children, particularly those who like Gary Paulsen's HATCHET." -- School Library Journal

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The Big Bike Race


Ernie was hoping for a sleek new racing bike for his tenth birthday, not a big, secondhand, yellow clunker. He knew it was all his grandmother could afford, yet he was still disappointed -- and embarrassed to show it to his friends. But the laughter of the other kids doesn't stop Ernie from racing...or proving that it's determination, not the bike, that makes a winner.

“A heartwarming story about a nontraditional family, love, hard work, and friendship.”
– The Boston Sunday Globe