Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Lynn Breedlove

St. Martin's Press



Jim is a speed-freak bike messenger whose devotion to her drug habit rivals the intensity of her adoration for Ally, her brilliant stripper girlfriend. When she's forced to choose between drugs and the girl, time and again she succumbs to her addiction-but somehow she's still unable to attain the ultimate high she seeks. After losing her messenger job, Jim works first as a downwardly spiraling drug dealer, then as a roadie for a touring all-girl punk band, and engages in short-lived halfhearted romances while pining for Ally. She winds up staying in a squat house in New York City when the roadie gig ends, and finally begins cleaning up her act. But upon eventually returning home to San Francisco, Jim finds that things have changed in a way she can't reconcile. It's only then she realizes the ultimate rush can't be found in sex, drugs, violence, or even Ally-the source of her rapture is something else entirely.

Lambda Literary Award - Nominee


Praise for Godspeed

“Lynn Breedlove has given the world a badly needed heroine-a sloppy punk-rock dyke superheroine with lots of angry smarts, a poetic heart, and a devastating sense of humor. If this book doesn't make you want to go out and smash windows, there's no life in you.” —Michelle Tea, author of Valencia

“Jim is the funniest, most complicated lead character to come down the pike in a long, long time...I guess it wasn't enough for Breedlove to front a stellar punk band, be a tireless activist, and inspire legions of girls-she just had to emerge as a great American writer as well.” —Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre

“San Francisco punk dykedom has a new angel-headed hipster in Lynn Breedlove's engaging speed demon, Jim. Breedlove's page-turning prose is a whooshing downhill adrenaline rush-she'll make you look at familiar scenery like you've never seen its gritty beauty before.” —Carol Queen, author of Real Live Nude Girl and The Leather Daddy and the Femme

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About the author

Lynn Breedlove

Lynn Breedlove, chief singer and songwriter for the infamous dyke-punk band Tribe 8, has been performing throughout North America and Europe for over a decade. She has also toured with the spoken-word troupe Sister Spit and currently teaches at the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco. Breedlove hasn't touched any drugs or alcohol since 1990. Godspeed is her first novel.

Lynn Breedlove

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St. Martin's Press

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