Last Night at the Telegraph Club
After seeing @theshriekingstack fantastic review of LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB by Malindo Lo I was immediately interested in this book. It definitely lived up to my expectations. This is about a 17 year old Chinese American girl grappling with her sexuality in the 1950s when homosexuality was illegal (in 1962 that would change, but let’s not forget same-sex couples only gained the right to marry in 2016). Taking place in San Francisco when the country was gripped by fear of communism, Lily also lives in fear for her family’s safety because her father’s papers get taken away once he refuses to name a patient of his as a communist.
This was a very engrossing YA read and I hope to see more like it. I love the blend of romance and historical fiction. Malindo Lo also made San Francisco come to life. I lived there for a little bit after college and I could feel the fog roll in and rest on my skin. I can remember strolling through North Beach and seeing the plethora of Italian restaurants, walking through the bustle of Chinatown, and just this sensation of a city that felt so alive. San Francisco was one of the easiest places to make friends. I miss that city so much. I really enjoyed this book. I would’ve loved more perspective from her father and mother and their history, but that is just because I am greedy. If you have a young person in your life that loves realistic/historical fiction this is for them, and if you’re just looking for a fresh read about first love in a beautiful setting this might also be for you.
[ID: The book Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malindo Lo being held up by Viv’s hand with a red rose bush in the background]