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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By Malinda Lo
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Publisher Description

Winner of the National Book Award
A New York Times Bestseller

"The queer romance we’ve been waiting for.”—Ms. Magazine

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the feeling took root—that desire to look, to move closer, to touch. Whenever it started growing, it definitely bloomed the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. Suddenly everything seemed possible. 

But America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

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449 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“A little slow to start but once it got going it was so lifechangingly beautiful”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingBeautiful settingRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingRomanticHomophobia
Loudly Crying Face“a historical lesbian fiction! this book was truly wonderful and it showed a true look into the history of queer Asian-American women in a way that I so rarely see in media”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersDescriptive writingUnpredictableRealistic settingComing of ageRomanticHomophobiaRacism
Loudly Crying Face“I am absolutely broken after finishing this book. Their love story is so beautifully written it’s insane.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writing
Loudly Crying Face“I have so much to say about this!! It’s definitely very clear that the author did a lot of research in order to make the book as accurate as possible in terms of the time period. This accuracy caused some parts to be painful to read, especially the parts when Lily’s friends and family didn’t accept her sexuality and identity. At the same time it was so beautiful to see Lily gradually accept herself and her feelings for Kath. I just loved this book so much.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingHomophobia
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“just finnished it. it was amazing. i loved it.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growBeautifully writtenFast-pacedRealistic settingComing of ageHomophobia

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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