If Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s Ferro-Grumley and Lammy finalist The Big Bang Symphony was a wise panorama exploring the meaning of home, her brand-new novella Basketball [Kindle only $4] is a smart sketch of what it means to be family. The story opens with 6'2" basketball star BJ Rogers’ revelation that her University of Oregon teammates, twins Becky and Sarah McCormack, might be her half-sisters. She’s never known her dad Michael who left her mother Estelle after an intense affair and immediately hooked up with another woman, fathering the twins. Rebounding after his desertion, Estelle and BJ move from the open Southwest to a lesbian friend’s cramped New York apartment, which is compared to a womb, preparing her for a metaphorical second birth. In this new life, Estelle is finally able to support herself as an artist. Bledsoe, who has written about basketball before in Hoop Girlz, here examines sisterhood in all its forms, celebrating the abiding strength of female relationships while also aware of the bond’s exclusionary tendencies and girls’ emotional flare-ups. As part of the Gemma Open Door series for new adult readers or readers new to English, the story is intentionally uncomplicated but Bledsoe’s writing is as fresh as ever. BJ describes her mother as someone who “considers starch honesty her trademark.” The same can be said of her author, replacing the starch with a generous and knowing sympathy.