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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

by Malinda Lo

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2021, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Dec 2021, 432 pages

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A heart-wrenching coming-of-age tale at the intersection of identities and generations for a Chinese American family in 1950s San Francisco.

Author Malinda Lo takes readers to Chinatown, San Francisco in 1954, where 17-year-old Lily Hu is looking to her future amidst the Red Scare, cultural pressures and discovering who she is – and who she loves – in Last Night at the Telegraph Club. The young adult novel follows Lily as she navigates her last year of school as a Chinese American girl who has aspirations of a career in math like her Aunt Judy who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Lily starts a friendship with Kathleen Miller – the only other girl in the advanced math class – while grappling with questions about her sexuality, feelings she does not have words to express, but that she cannot deny. Kathleen takes Lily to the Telegraph Club to see a male impersonator, and in this new world, Lily finds the space and words to better understand herself, and the feelings she realizes ...

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