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Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Author)

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Reading Level 4.0

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by Lucy Bledsoe

BJ’s mother is short. Mom is an abstract painter who runs an arty cafe. BJ, however, takes after her missing father. Just twenty-one, she’s a college basketball player who lives and breathes the game. High tops and hoops occupy her every waking moment. When she accidentally discovers her dad, a shadowy presence throughout her whole life, she suspects her best friends may actually be closer than she thinks–are they her sisters? Maybe there is more family she’s never met! BJ just wants to keep her mind on the game.

About the Author

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of four novels, a collection of short fiction, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and six books for kids. She is the recipient of the 2009 Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, the 2009 Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, as well as a California Arts Council Fellowship, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and an American Library Association Stonewall Award. Her stories have been published in dozens of journals, including Arts & Letters, Shenandoah, ZYZZYVA, Bloom, Hot Metal Bridge, Terrain, and Fictional International. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, and German, and her stories into Dutch and Chinese.


“Lucy Jane Bledsoe can tell a story. This tale of family sings with humor, insight, and love.” Susan Fox Rogers, My Reach and Another Wilderness

On The Big Bang Symphony:
“A well-balanced humdinger of a story keeps this unusual novel hurtling along like a skidoo on the ice.” — Kirkus Reviews On Sweat: “In an outstanding novella and…rich and satisfying stories, Bledsoe shows herself to be a smart and savvy writer…. In this tender work, she perfectly evokes the healing power of the outdoors.” –Publishers Weekly