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"Decades after they escape from a church-supported conversion therapy program, two old friends reunite as adults and come to terms with their shared trauma." New York Times Book Review


"A multilayered gem of a novel, polished, intelligent, and moving...I could not put it down." —Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Postmistress of Paris


"Writing in a graceful, fluid style...both insightful and page-turning; highly recommended." Library Journal (starred review)


"This satisfyingly nuanced story tackles sexuality and spiritual abuse, offering connection and redemption."
Kirkus (starred review)


"Two queer people who escaped Christian conversion therapy as teens find their way back to each other as adults in the keenly observed latest from Bledsoe...engrossing and complicated picture of small-town life and queer survival...a triumph of compassion." Publishers Weekly


"It's enraging, heartbreaking, satisfying and an important read for our times." Ms. Magazine


"I feel privileged to have had an early read of Lucy Jane Bledsoe's Tell the Rest. It's an important book with a story we need now with urgent exploration of issues including gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, and family...I enjoyed it beginning to end." —Laurie Frankel, author of One Two Three


"I soared through the delicately orchestrated pages of this novel...This is the Lucy Jane Bledsoe novel one lives for, a novel that not only touches the parts that burn but the ways we heal each other even in the silences." —Jerry Thompson, coeditor of Berkeley Noir


"Tell the Rest is beautifully told, unsentimental, and every character in it feels like someone I know, someone utterly real. This is a literary novel that could change lives." —Molly Gloss, author of The Jump-Off Creek


"Tell the Rest is heartbreaking, chilling, and ultimately triumphant." —Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories



YA novel about love, basketball, and activism

Finalist for the Golden Poppy Award

Finalist for the Northern California Book Award

Finalist for the Rainbow Award

RISE List: Feminist Book Project of the American Library Association


"A timeless and triumphant story of courage...an excellent historical novel."Foreword Reviews (starred review)


"This autobiographical novel, with richly developed bold, courageous characters, and raw emotion, deftly captures the period of transition, not just for Louisa but for women's rights in the 1970s." School Library Journal


"From Shirley Chisholm and Gloria Steinem to macrame and hip-huggers, we are solidly in 1974...No Stopping Us Now takes a historic moment for women's sports and replays it in all its sweaty, visceral glory."  —Alison Bechdel, Fun Home and The Secret to Superhuman Strength


"No Stopping Us Now is full of such heart, love, and courage. A stunning and brave journey from start to finish."Ellen Hagan, Don't Call Me a Hurricane


"In the fabulous No Stopping Us Now...we cheer for Louisa as she speaks truth to power, has her eyes opened to feminist intersectionality, and shines on the basketball court...An inspiring call for a new generation to fight its own battles for justice." —Andrew Maraniss, Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team



Praise for Lucy's other titles:

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

"Stirring and deeply felt." Kirkus Reviews

"Empowering and bold." Publishers Weekly

"Bledsoe’s novel is an absolute wonder. Combining a McCullers-like facility in letting her settings tell half the story, with characterization and dialogue worthy of Harper Lee." New York Journal of Books

"Berkeley author Lucy Jane Bledsoe shows the sexy side of the 1950s in her new novel, A Thin Bright Line." San Francisco Chronicle

"Author Lucy Jane Bledsoe is an impressively gifted novelist." Midwest Book Review

"Fabulous feminist fiction." —Ms.

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