Every day I’m citing an author who has created a memorable book. Today’s recommendation is Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s A Thin Bright Line (University of Wisconsin Press). Friends recommended the novel, I read about it online, and I saw reviews such as this one in the New York Times Book Review: “It triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances.”
Synopsis: “Based on the hidden life of the author’s aunt and namesake, A Thin Bright Line is a love story set amid Cold War intrigue, the origins of climate research, and the nascent civil rights movement. Poignant, brilliant, and moving, it reminds us to act on what we love, not just wish for it.”
Lucybelle reminded me of my grandmother and all those women who were self-taught or who put themselves through school, who persevered against great odds, and who never made it into the textbooks.
I will be reading Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s new novel, The Evolution of Love, when it launches in two weeks from Rare Bird Books. “A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she’s headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds.”
I heard Sandra Moran, who taught anthropology, speak about the bonobos (true), and Lucy Jane Bledsoe says in an interview in The Rumpus: “We are equally descended from bonobos and chimpanzees. The former are much more cooperative and compassionate in their social dealings.” How intriguing!
NOTE: This award-winning author will be the keynote speaker at the Golden Crown Literary Society convention in Las Vegas. I will be in Madison, Wisconsin, for the National Women’s Music Festival and am very sorry to miss her. Author website.
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