BARBARA RIDLEY at Books Inc. Berkeley

Author images of Barbara Ridley and Lori Ostland and cover photo of the book Unswerving

Books Inc. Berkeley proudly welcomes Barbara Ridley to the shop for a celebration of her new novel Unswerving!

Barbara will be in conversation with Lori Ostlund.

A story of courage, resilience, and love, Unswerving challenges readers' preconceived notions of disability, of limitations, and of the inevitability of fate.

When Tave wakes up alone in the hospital, she barely remembers the car wreck. Far from home, dazed, and despondent, she struggles to face the challenges of her new paralysis--all while worrying about her partner Les, also severely injured in the accident, but now home with her homophobic parents who refuse to allow contact.

In rehab, Tave relearns life skills and comes to recognize that her future will be completely different than she'd imagined. Where will she live? How will she find the care she needs? Can her friends rise to the occasion? Or will she be forced to move back in with her mother, putting up with endless talk of faith healers? Her one beacon of hope is Beth, her physical therapist. But Beth's relationship problems with her own girlfriend push her toward overinvolvement--and risk damaging both her career and Tave's recovery.


"Unswerving is fresh, vital, and important, with a well-drawn plot that moves the narrative along briskly. There is no miraculous recovery, but there are small victories here."--Anne Finger, author of A Woman, in Bed

"It is rare for a work of fiction to tackle such topics; filled with engaging characters and vividly depicted, Unswerving's account of injury and healing is detailed and believable."--Amy Hoffman, author of Dot & Ralfie


Barbara Ridley is the author of When It's Over, winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal for Historical Fiction. Before turning to creative writing, she worked for many years as a spinal-cord-injury nurse practitioner.

Lori Ostlund's third book, entitled Are You Happy?. will be published by Zando in 2025.Her second book, After the Parade, was a Barnes & Nobel Discover pick and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Ferro-Grumley Award. Her first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and was a Lambda Finalist. Her work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the Pen/O Henry Prize Stories as well as in ZYZZYVA, New England Review, and other journals. Lori has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Joyce Carol Oates Prizes. She is on the Mile-High MFA faculty at Regis University in Denver and is the series editor of the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction. She lives with her wife, the writer Anna Raeff, and daughter in San Francisco. 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc in Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
Unswerving By Barbara Ridley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299348144
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - March 26th, 2024

After the Parade: A Novel By Lori Ostlund Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476790114
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 26th, 2016