Left Coast Writers® Barbara Ridley - Unswerving (Corte Madera Store)

Left Coast Writers®
Barbara Ridley


Corte Madera Store

Sat., April 13th, 2024 • 2:00pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Corte Madera Store. Please contact events@bookpassage.com with questions regarding events.

Please join us for a reading by Barbara Ridley from her book, UNSWERVING, and a Q&A hosted by Book Passage for this event organized by the Left Coast Writers.

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, now cared for by 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 help 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.

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


Barbara Ridley was born in England but has lived in California for most of her adult life. After a successful career in nursing, she is now focused on creative writing. Her debut novel, When It’s Over, set in Europe during WWII, won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal Award in Historical Fiction. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Mud Season Review, The Forge Literary MagazinePersimmon TreeThe Copperfield Review and Stoneboat, among other places. This second novel, Unswerving, set in contemporary California, is inspired by her experience as a spinal cord injury nurse practitioner.

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- photo credit - author.



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