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Last Night at the Telegraph Club –…

Last Night at the Telegraph Club (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Malinda Lo (Tekijä)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioKeskustelut
1414149,891 (4.29)-
Teoksen nimi:Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Kirjailijat:Malinda Lo (Tekijä)
Info:Dutton Books for Young Readers (2021), 416 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:lgbt, historical, romance, lady-protag, ya

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club (tekijä: Malinda Lo)

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näyttää 4/4
Oh this was delightful. Lo really digs into the geography of 1950s San Francisco and manages to make the obvious research she did (and what she writes about doing at the end) a core part of the book without it really being an Obvious Infodump? This is just such a book rooted beautifully, beautifully in place and I love it for that. She just does a great job of constructing the world and guiding you through it.

Lily feels so real and has such complex feelings and I love to see her get to develop a community and be mentored to some small extent even by older queer people. The tension also of being both Chinese American and gay is really explored in a way that doesn't feel like you're being hit over the head with like Belonging Only Partly in Two Different Worlds But Never Wholly By Either; the racism by white queer people in the book feels very matter of fact and although we (and Lily) cringe at it, and it's clear it's Wrong and tokenizing, it also feels... period appropriate (and obviously of course there is ongoing anti-Asian racism in white queer circles that has to be addressed, but its form has transformed somewhat.)

The end feels like a balance of kind of predictable but also nice. I would like to see if we could do this balance that doesn't require a family coming out, just because that's My Shit (not having to draw on current narratives about coming out etc.)

Overall, a really lovely book that I enjoyed very much. It never felt slow or particularly contrived, and I really recommend it! ( )
  aijmiller | May 25, 2021 |
I picked this book up on whim because the back of the book mentioned it had a 'soft LGBTQ romance set in the 1950s' and it had a STUNNING front cover. Consider me sold on reading this book. Not to mention, I am always here for a story about vintage lesbians!

What I didn't expect was to actually enjoy this book as much as I did. I don't venture into YA books much anymore, but this one was engaging enough to have me finishing it completely in 4 days (a feat i have not achieved since I was a teenager).

Lily Hu, our protagonist, was a lovely character. I loved following her journey through discovering herself, her blossoming sexuality and falling in love for the first time. The story being set in the 1950s, with Lily being a Chinese American and on top of that being a lesbian too made the story all that more interesting but definitely more complicated for poor Lily. The story didn't skirt around other issues either. Malinda Lo brilliantly tied together the struggles of discovering you're a lesbian and also the societal and familial pressures of growing up Chinese during a time when neither (and often now still) were well accepted in America at that time. Her turmoil was heart breaking.

I LOVED the characters and the atmosphere that Malinda Lo displayed at the Telegraph Club. The home for those who had no place to go to be themselves, but also showed the dangers of these places too in this era. I would have loved to get to see more of that cast of characters.

I have to mention to romance aspect of course! The young relationship between Lily and Kath was sweet. I loved getting to see they early stages of interest turn into what they both thought was an unrequited crush to first love. Given the events of the last few chapters of the book I had a moment of despair in thinking that the relationship between them would end up not being a happy one but I was pleasantly surprised that it did not go that way. There is not enough LGBT stories with a happy ending, especially ones that include young LGBT characters.

Shout out to the author for all the extra work she provided in this book. I really loved seeing the Chinese characters when characters were speaking Mandarin or Cantonese but also provided the translations in the footnotes - very cool addition. The author's note section at the end with all the research and extra information was a brilliant addition as well and would be especially useful for readers who are not familiar with some of the aspects and themes that occurred within the book.

All in all, I enjoyed this little book and I am very glad I was enticed by a beautiful cover and the soft baby vintage lesbians - all good things wrapped up in a quick and meaningful read. ( )
  taleszofwonder | Mar 25, 2021 |
*Spoiler alert*

Set largely in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1954-1955, LNTG is about Lily, a "good Chinese girl" who falls in love for the first time...with a female Caucasian classmate, Kath Miller, who shares her aptitude for math and her enthusiasm for planes and rockets. Lily and Kath sneak out at night to the Telegraph Club to see "male impersonator" Tommy Andrews, and Lily slowly realizes that she likes Kath as more than a friend - that she's in love with her. Unfortunately, the girls are at the club when it's raided by police; they're separated, and Kath is taken. When Lily's mother discovers where she's been, she is furious, and wants her to declare it all a mistake, but Lily refuses, so her family sends her away to finish her senior year of high school with her aunt and uncle. An epilogue a year later shows Lily and Kath's reunion.

The historical setting, the tenuousness of American citizenship for Chinese-Americans, and the LGBT nightclub scene are all evoked with immediacy. The stakes are high for Lily, and for her family, and the pull of tradition - from Lily's family, community, and lifelong best friend Shirley - is strong, but her love for Kath, and her new self-knowledge, are equally strong.

Back matter includes an extensive author's note and a selected bibliography.

See also: Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth, Just Kids by Patti Smith


It was like finding water after a drought. She couldn't drink enough, and her thirst made her ashamed, and the shame made her angry. (165)

...tantalizing glimpses into an adult world that seemed completely separate from the mundane reality of her daily life. It was disorienting when that world bled into this one. (179)

Sometimes, the past seemed to slide directly over the present, and when she came back to herself, the world she lived in now seemed like a fantasy. (Judy, 184)

Sometimes Judy felt a deep and burning anger at her adopted country, and she never knew what to do about it. (305)

The more her mother insisted it was a mistake, the more certain Lily was that it wasn't. (329)

"It's better to be true to yourself than give her a reason not to trust you." (Lana to Lily, 339)

"Falling in love makes you do things you'd never do otherwise." (Lana to Lily, 348)

Every sentence she spoke was a choice. She had an infinite number of chances to turn back, but she refused to turn her back on Kath. (374)

From the Author's Note:
Popular perceptions of the 1950s often center on conformity and social repression, but in reality the midcentury was a time of transition and thus a time of great cultural anxiety that was often expressed in efforts to suppress difference. (398)

Combating racism by fitting in has never entirely worked. (402)

--interracial marriage not legalized in US until 1967; homosexuality categorized as a psychological disorder until 1987; laws against homosexual sex only began to be repealed in 1962. (403) ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 9, 2021 |
It is 1954 and Lily is a 16 year old Chinese American living in Chinatown, San Francisco. Her sexuality is making her unsure of herself because she is interested in girls. An ad for a male impersonator performance at the Telegraph Club in a not-so-good part of town, catches her eye and she is dying to go.

Enter Katherine (Kath) Miller a girl who has been in her class since elementary school, a girl with a 'reputation'. Never close friends, all of the sudden in senior year, befriend each other. Kath has been to the Telegraph Club and the two make plans to go. Lily has to sneak out of her apartment to go, but she does...several times.

Malinda Lo has written an engrossing book combining a history of the San Francisco lesbian community, lesbian Asian Americans, the Communist scare and more. It almost has the feel of the 1950s pulp novels that she references in her book.

If you're a fan of the lesbian pulps and Robin Talley's book Pulp, then you'll be a fan of this. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Feb 19, 2021 |
näyttää 4/4

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