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A Thin Bright Line: A Conversation About Queer Historical Fiction

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A Thin Bright Line: A Conversation About Queer Historical Fiction
February 12, 2017 5:00 PM
February 12, 2017 7:00 PM
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Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
January 11, 2017
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
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Lucy Jane Bledsoe (A THIN BRIGHT LINE) and Sarah Schulman (THE COSMOPOLITANS) will converse about their queer historical novels. Bledsoe’s novel tells the true story of her aunt and namesake, a woman who, as a lesbian, worked at a highly classified government job during the McCarthy Era and Civil Rights Movement. Schulman’s novel takes place in 1950s Greenwich Village and spins the complex friendship between a black, gay actor and a white secretary.


Praise for A Thin Bright Line:

“Gripping historical fiction.” – Alison Bechdel

“An engaging and moving novel about an unforgettable character.” – Rabih Alameddine

“Poignant in both its conception and execution.” – Lillian Faderman

“Literary page-turner.” – Patrick Ryan

“In this ingenious hybrid of fact and fiction, a fine novelist uses her storytelling skills to recover the lost life of a favorite aunt.” – Christopher Bram

“It triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances.” - New York Times Book Review
“Gripping historical fiction about queer life at the height of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement.” - Alison Bechdel
“A stirring and deeply felt story.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Empowering and bold…Bledsoe injects life and dimension through her often stunning dialogue. With heart and zest, the author depicts Lucybelle’s slice of life as both pleasant and harrowing.” - 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, Bledsoe dives deep into the life of her protagonist…A Thin Bright Linewill help widen the metaphorical crack in the chains that bind those who are outside of societal norms.” - 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