Working Parts by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

cover of the book Working PartsWorking Parts by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Genre: Award Winner; Fiction
Copyright Year: 1997
Published: 1997
Publisher: Seal Press
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Format: Trade Paperback
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No. of Pages: 208
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ISBN: 187806794X
Award(s): Stonewall Book Award – 1998 (Literature)
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Working Parts examines the life of a smart, funny, accomplished woman who finally faces the hard truth that, at the age of 27, she cannot read. Lori Taylor makes a pact with her best friend, fellow bike mechanic Miguel, that she will learn to read if he, a virgin, learns to kiss. This book follows these best buddies, a lesbian and a straight man, as they confront then try to overcome their secret shames. Lucy Jane Bledsoe creates believable, lovable, well-rounded characters while examining important social issues of literacy, race, age, class, physical appearance, and bicycle maintenance.
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