Lucy Jane Bledsoe

A Gemma Open Door book
“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
BJ, a talented college basketball player, lives and breathes the game. For BJ, life means nothing without hoops. Her mother—an abstract painter—doesn’t get it. Or at least she pretends she doesn’t. Everything changes when BJ accidentally discovers her dad, a man who’s been a shadowy presence throughout her life. As if that’s not enough of a surprise, she begins to suspect that two of her teammates, and her best friends, may actually be her half-sisters.
As BJ struggles to keep her eye on the ball—literally—her life heads into overtime.
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
Paper, 100 pages
Reading level: 4.0
Sports, Fiction