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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

(2021)
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'Lo's writing . . . shimmers with the thrills of youthful desire. A lovely, memorable novel' - Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet and The Night Watch.

'An instant classic, the finest LGBTQIA+ romance I've read in ages.' - Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of The Music of What Happens and The Bridge

From the award winning author of Ash comes a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the 1950s.

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.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"A lovely, affirming, layered, and deft coming-of-queer-age novel." - Kate Elliott

"Lo has really outdone herself here. I don't think I can overstate how refreshing it is to read queer historical fiction that is so complex, nuanced, and tender. It's my opinion that this book will quickly become a new touchstone of the genre of queer literature. What an accomplishment." - Sarah Gailey

"Malinda Lo's Last Night at the Telegraph Club is an instant classic, the finest LGBTQIA+ romance I've read in ages. Lo has lovingly re-created 1950s San Francisco and made me feel as though I'd lived there, and her depiction of first love felt so real that I experienced it in long-since-forgotten corners of my own heart." - Bill Konigsberg

"Oh, what a wonderful novel this is! For all who ever dared to want more, much more, from life—a beautifully sensitive love story, with telling historic detail." - Susan Elia MacNeal

"Malinda Lo's Last Night at the Telegraph Club is a beautifully observed story about finding love and fighting for one's identity against tremendous odds. In bringing a fascinating chapter of history to vivid life, this novel illuminates a path to the future through a careful understanding of our past. It's vivid, emotional, and hopeful. I loved it." - Abdi Nazemian

"Exquisite and heart-shattering, Last Night at the Telegraph Club made me ache with wishing. This book is for anyone who has ever loved—in any sense of the word." - Emily X R Pan

"A sweeping and romantic page-turner, the heart of this rich and ambitious historical novel is a love story that thrums with passion and self-discovery." - Laura Ruby

"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

"Malinda Lo turns her masterful talent toward an under-covered period of San Francisco history. Last Night at the Telegraph Club is by turns gut-wrenching, utterly compelling, and deeply tender. I loved Lily fiercely, and you will too." - Rebecca Kim Wells


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October 2021 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Author(s): Malinda Lo
ISBN: 1-4328-8876-5 / 978-1-4328-8876-3 (USA edition)
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January 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club
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December 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Author(s): Malinda Lo
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Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club: A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER - TikTok made me buy it!
Author(s): Malinda Lo
ISBN: 1-5293-6658-5 / 978-1-5293-6658-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club
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Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Author(s): Malinda Lo
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January 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club: A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER - TikTok made me buy it!
Author(s): Malinda Lo
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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