The Ice Cave

A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic

By Lucy Jane Bledsoe
(University of Wisconsin Press, Paperback, 9780299218447, 172pp.)

Publication Date: July 2006

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Description

For Lucy Jane Bledsoe, wilderness had always been a source of peace. But during one disastrous solo trip in the wintry High Sierra she came face to face with a crisis: the wilderness no longer felt like home. The Ice Cave recounts Bledsoe’s wilderness journeys as she recovers her connection with the wild and discovers the meanings of fear and grace. 

These are Bledsoe’s gripping tales of fending off wolves in Alaska, encountering UFOs in the Colorado Desert, and searching for mountain lions in Berkeley. Her memorable story The Breath of Seals” takes readers to Antarctica, the wildest continent on earth, where she camped out with geologists, biologists, and astrophysicists. These fresh and deeply personal narratives remind us what it means to be simply one member of one species, trying to find food and shelterand moments of graceon our planet.




About the Author
Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of four novels, a collection of short fiction, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and six books for kids. She is the recipient of the 2009 Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, the 2009 Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, as well as a California Arts Council Fellowship, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and an American Library Association Stonewall Award. Her stories have been published in dozens of journals, including Arts & Letters, Shenandoah, ZYZZYVA, Bloom, Hot Metal Bridge, Terrain, and Fictional International. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, and German, and her stories into Dutch and Chinese.
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