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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By Malinda Lo
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo digital book - Fable

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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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Loudly Crying Face“Bittersweet, gorgeous and heartbreaking all in one. A fantastic insight into the Chinese-American, queer life of San Francisco in the 1950s ❤️”
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“This was really good. The setting was great and was easy to get lost in, and the characters were amazing. Everything felt so real and, considering that it’s a historical fiction, that’s a good thing. You can just tell that the author went above and beyond to research about Chinese culture and of how the world was at the time of 1950’s America. I loved Lily’s journey into figuring herself out, standing up for who she is, and embracing her sexuality. Beautiful story, I’m glad I was able to find this.”
Descriptive writingImmersive settingComing of ageHeartbreakingHomophobia
Expressionless Face“Man, I love a good slow burn but this was WAY too slow. So slow that I found it difficult to keep going at times, up until 70% of the way through the book. Honestly, I’m shocked I made it that far to begin with. I really wanted to like this book because it provided a different perspective, being in the 1950s and describing the queer awakening of a 17-year-old Chinese American girl. I felt as though the two main characters had little chemistry and I found the pacing too slow. There were entire chapters I felt could’ve been removed and the story would’ve remained the same. If it weren’t for the last 30% of the book, I would’ve rated this book lower. I loved hating Shirley, the drag shows, and the fact that it was gay, but that was about it.”
Diverse charactersRealistic settingHomophobiaRacismUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot

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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