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Sweat; stories and a novella

Bledsoe, Lucy Jane

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ISBN 10: 1878067648 / ISBN 13: 9781878067647
Published by Seal Press, Seattle, 1995
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161p., signed by Bledsoe, very good first edition trade paperback in pictorial wraps. Bookseller Inventory # 108898

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Title: Sweat; stories and a novella

Publisher: Seal Press, Seattle

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Book by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

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In an outstanding novella and (with a couple of exceptions) rich and satisfying stories, Bledsoe shows herself to be a smart and savvy writer. All of these stories are about lesbians, and many are about sports. In the sweet "State of Grace" the narrator recalls her youthful first love, a softball teammate, and compares falling in love to making a great play. A woman takes a "Solo" trip and mourns her often cantankerous and now dead mountaineering partner; and, in the title story, a high-school gym teacher contemplates taking a college job to please her more money-conscious lover and plays a late-night game of one-on-one with a student. The excellent novella, "The Place Before Language," follows a woman who has just been dumped by her girlfriend of 10 years for another woman and is working as a park ranger for the summer. In this tender work, Bledsoe perfectly evokes the healing power of the outdoors and the fishbowl atmosphere of such a workplace. Occasionally, Bledsoe loses her footing, as when an older lesbian enlightens "two adorable young things" who disparage her generation in "Sex Is an Ancient Practice," or when a lesbian includes her corporate boss in a kiss-out in "The Rescue." Both of these are brief and seem more like settings for a few funny lines and obvious points than for telling stories. They are, however, the exceptions in this fine collection.
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