“A must-read for adolescents trying to find themselves and their powerful voices both personally and politically.” ―Sherry Boschert, author, 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination
A powerful, moving story about finding one’s own voice through the joys of sports, love, and the strength of sisterhood. Louisa loves to play basketball, but in 1974, her Portland, Oregon high school only offers a team for boys. An encounter with feminist Gloria Steinem teaches her about Title IX—the law that bans discrimination based on gender—so she asks her principal to start a girls team. Little does she know that she’ll soon be viciously targeted by male coaches at her school, lied to by the school board, and fall in love—a couple of times—as she fights for a fair chance to be an athlete. Based on the author’s true story, it is a compelling examination of the courage it takes to stand up for what’s right.
ISBN: 978-1953103208; Trade Paper Original; 266 pages; $15; April 26, 2022
High Praise for NO STOPPING US NOW
“It’s tempting to say that No Stopping Us Now transports us back to the intense battles teen girls faced in the early years of Title IX, except that similar battles rage on today. This timeless story is a must-read for adolescents trying to find themselves and their powerful voices both personally and politically.” ―Sherry Boschert, author, 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination
“No Stopping Us Now takes a historic moment for women’s sports and replays it in all its sweaty, visceral glory..” —Alison Bechdel, author, Fun Home and The Secret to Superhuman Strength
“You’ll be rooting for Louisa as she speaks truth to power and stands up to opponents on and off the court.” —Sue Macy, author, Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties
Past Praise for Lucy Jane Bledsoe
“Is it possible for a novel to both break your heart and to heal it? Bledsoe is deft in the way she shows . . . various models of how to be a lesbian in the world.” —Lambda Literary Review
“Bledsoe injects life and dimension through her often stunning dialogue.” —Publishers Weekly
“Triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances.” ―New York Times Book Review
“Pound for pound, Bledsoe’s books are hard to beat.” —Kevin Killian
About the Author
Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction, for both adults and young people, including Lava Falls, winner of the 2019 Devil’s Kitchen Fiction Award. Ms. Magazine called her novel The Evolution of Love, about how those who develop the muscles of compassion and inclusion will win the evolutionary lottery (in the long run), “fabulous feminist fiction.” The New York Times said her novel A Thin Bright Line “triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances.” Bledsoe’s fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Bledsoe loves basketball, mountains, cats, and books. She lives in Berkeley, CA.