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A Scatter of Light

By Malinda Lo
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Publisher Description

“Full of yearning, ponderances about art and what it means to be an artist, and self-revelation, A Scatter of Light has a simmering intensity that makes it hard to put down."—NPR

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

Last Night at the Telegraph Club
author Malinda Lo returns to the Bay Area with another masterful queer coming-of-age story, this time set against the backdrop of the first major Supreme Court decisions legalizing gay marriage. 

Aria Tang West was looking forward to a summer on Martha’s Vineyard with her best friends—one last round of sand and sun before college. But after a graduation party goes wrong, Aria’s parents exile her to California to stay with her grandmother, artist Joan West. Aria expects boredom, but what she finds is Steph Nichols, her grandmother’s gardener. Soon, Aria is second-guessing who she is and what she wants to be, and a summer that once seemed lost becomes unforgettable—for Aria, her family, and the working-class queer community Steph introduces her to. It’s the kind of summer that changes a life forever.

And almost sixty years after the end of Last Night at the Telegraph Club, A Scatter of Light also offers a glimpse into Lily and Kath’s lives since 1955.

236 Reviews

Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes
Realistic settingComing of ageThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveComing of ageHeartbreakingRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveUnpredictableBeautiful settingComing of ageHeartbreakingRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I really enjoyed this book. It ties nicely into Last Night at the Telegraph Club and brings some beautiful resolve to that story, though this book can be enjoyed on its own as well. This novel felt like a celebration of the LGBTQ+ rights that were gained in recent years, and the emotions and things the characters experienced together felt vivid, real, and relatable. Lo describes her settings and characters and their inner journeys very well and I feel like this novel definitely demonstrates her talent for storytelling. I found it to be a lot stronger than Last Night at the Telegraph Club, but both works are wonderful and are great examples of positive and informative queer representation.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersLikable charactersDescriptive writingHeartbreakingRomantic

About Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo is the New York Times bestselling author of Last Night at the Telegraph Club, winner of the National Book Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, as well as Michael L. Printz and Walter Dean Myers honors. Her debut novel Ash, a Sapphic retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s short fiction and nonfiction has been published by The New York Times, NPR, Autostraddle, The Horn Book, and multiple anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her wife and their dog.

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