Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Acclaimed author of Ash Malinda Lo returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the Red Scare.

“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

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.

"Lo's writing, restrained yet luscious, shimmers with the thrills of youthful desire. A lovely, memorable novel about listening to the whispers of a wayward heart and claiming a place in the world."—Sarah Waters, bestselling and award winning author of Tipping the Velvet and The Night Watch

Title:Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525555254
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    Last Night at the Telegraph Club Reviews

  • Robin

    ↠ 5 starsA historical fiction set in 1950's San Francisco, focusing on lesbian culture and the coming of age of a Chinese American? More of this please. In an era brimming with disruption and upheav...

  • Elle (ellexamines)

    hi as a 2019 San Francisco lesbian I'm here for the 1950s San Francisco gays...

  • - ??  jess  ??-

    MALINDA LO AND QUEER CHINESE HISTORICAL FICTION???I'M HERE FOR THIS. ...

  • tessie

    i tried to write a review for this book when i first read it back in august, and have attempted to write several since then and,,put it off but now i’ve finished reading it for a second time i have ...

  • rachel ?

    rtc ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[coming out themes, external & internalised lesbomisia, queermisia, heteronormative language, sexism & misogyny, racism & racial slurs, deportation discussed...

  • Hsinju

    AUDIOBOOK REVIEW IN EN & ZH-TW有聲書書評(中英對照) ENContent warning: racism, homophobia, manipulation, mention of miscarriage, alcohol (underage drinking) She couldn’t find the ri...

  • micah ? canonicallychaotic

    ”rockets to the moon didn’t seem so far-fetched when kath listened to her. she made previously unimaginable things seem possible.” for me, there’s something so special about reading queer c...

  • charlotte, ( of readsrainbow)

    (2.5)it's so authentically Lesbian and just exudes lesbian culture and the lesbian found family made me cry but i just didn't get along with malinda lo's writing (sort of expected, since i dnf'ed the ...

  • Adri

    4.5 Stars CWs: Some exploration of racism, deportation, xenophobia, homophobia, underage drinking, some graphic sex, brief mention of miscarriage, some use of outdated racial and social epithets (r...

  • Cinda

    Highly recommended. Lo takes us to 1950s Chinatown in San Francisco, where a teenage girl grapples with the expectations of immigrant parents, racism, anti-queer sentiment, and the awkwardness of firs...