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Last Night at the Telegraph Club: TikTok…

Last Night at the Telegraph Club: TikTok made me buy it! The hit… (édition 2021)

par Malinda Lo (Auteur)

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Titre:Last Night at the Telegraph Club: TikTok made me buy it! The hit coming-of-age romance
Auteurs:Malinda Lo (Auteur)
Info:Hodder Paperbacks (2021), 416 pages
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Last Night at the Telegraph Club par Malinda Lo


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Trigger Warnings: racism, xenophobia, homophobia, underage drinking, mention of miscarriage

Lily Hu is your average Chinese American girl from San Francisco’s Chinatown. The only difference is she can’t really remember when she realized she wasn’t crushing on boys… but that girls were more attractive to her. When Kathleen Miller says she’ll go with Lily to the lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club, the question Lily may have had about her sexuality is answered as soon as they walked through the bar’s door.

But in 1954, being gay and in love is not safe, especially in a place like Chinatown where everyone has known Lily since she was born. The Red-Scare also threatens everyone and with deportation looming over her father for not lying about who’s a Communist, Lily risks everything to be with Kath.

I’ll admit, I slept on this book for too long. There was a ton of hype around it and I knew I wanted to read it, but my TBR list is out the door, around the corner, and halfway to the next town at this point. But, even if it took me so long to read it… the hype is real! What a well written, historical fiction with sapphic love and women in STEM! I deeply enjoyed this novel.

I loved the exploration of Lily and Kath’s relationship. Lily was so obviously to her own queerness, or rather, she tried to be, she would deny it or persuade herself the feeling weren’t real. But once Kath and Lily really started to talk to each other, especially after being the only two girls left in advanced math class, Lily began to embrace her feelings. Though the book was a bit slow at times, I never felt like it was unnecessary; Lily was figuring out her entire world and what she wanted to be when she grew up and who she wanted to be with. That stuff doesn’t happen overnight, and sometimes you only get through small pieces at a time. That’s all good!

I also really loved the mention of women in STEM and what people thought about space and exploration and such at that time. I just kept thinking, “You all are so close!”.

I do wish there was more to the epilogue though - more about what happened between Lily and her family and Kath’s story after the Telegraph Club. There were a lot of loose ends that were only briefly touched on and then not spoken about again.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It’s interesting, well researched and informative on lesbian/gay culture and history that’s not always mentioned in the history books. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Jan 14, 2022 |
I really enjoyed this book. It had a beautiful love story, and realistic, complex characters. I especially thought, that Lily was a fantastic protagonist, and her inner thoughts and emotions were portrayed so vividly. The historical settings, especially the Telegraph Club felt very immersive. I do however have some issues with the pacing. It starts out very slow, for about the first hundred pages, but once it picks up it was engaging. There were also some flashback chapters, from the point of view of Lily's older family members, that while interesting, felt unnecessary and also slowed down the story. Overall, I would recommend it to any fans of historical fiction, or anyone wanting a exquisite lesbian romance. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Jan 2, 2022 |
Lily Hu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants living in Chinatown in 1954, who is interested in seeing a male impersonator at the nearby Telegraph Club. Through her friendship with Kath and visits to the club, she begins to realize and accept her queer sexuality.

San Francisco in the 1950s is not a time frame I'm familiar with, and it was fascinating to read about the experiences of both the lesbian underground and Chinese immigrant communities. Lo has clearly done her research, and made whole, complicated characters that live in that space. Most of the narrative is close third-person of Lily's experiences, but we also get vignettes of the past about her mother, father, and an aunt. I was personally less interested in the romance aspect, but the book overall is well-crafted and should find a wide audience. ( )
  bell7 | Dec 18, 2021 |
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. A revealing and powerful story about being a gay person of color in a less-inclusive time. Seventeen-year-old Lily has been raised to be a "good Chinese girl" in the insular environment of San Francisco's Chinatown, and against the backdrop of the Cold War. But she is beginning to discover new aspects of herself that she can't quite define. She is intrigued by a newspaper ad about a male impersonator at the Telegraph Club, and a lesbian pulp novel stirs sexual feelings. It is a growing friendship and more with Kath that helps Lily begin to identify who she is. Woo Zeller's sensitive performance evinces the ache of first love and transports listeners to the heart of 1950s gay culture, while also authenticating the Cantonese spoken in the book and the Chinese community depicted. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Dec 15, 2021 |
This is my favorite of Malinda Lo's novels so far. It's a tender, introspective queer coming-of-age story of a Chinese-American girl in 1950's San Francisco. To me it felt convincingly of the time period and I felt like I could really see Chinatown where the MC Lily Hu lived. Because of the historical aspect, I was worried that something terrible would happen to Lily, like in the '70s/'80s lesbian YA books of my childhood (Happy Endings Are All Alike, Annie on My Mind.) I won't give away what does happen, but something that made this novel really nice to read was that Lily had a community of lesbians she could turn to for help and see as role models. I really liked Lily's personality, which felt very realistic to me--she was not some generic adventurous heroine. She was sometimes overwhelmed and took her time over things, but she had iron in her soul when it came to what was important to her.

One little detail that I liked was that when the characters spoke Chinese, it was written out in Chinese characters (with footnotes at the bottom for English translation.) That made so much sense to me--I've seen so many books with Chinese transliterated into English, and why do that when there are people who can read Chinese and those who can't won't understand it either way? In Malinda Lo's author's note, she explains that all the Chinese characters are written in their traditional form as they would have been in the 1950's, so there are no anachronisms.

There were a few chapters that were told from the POV of Lily's parents and aunt from years earlier. I thought this was going to lead to a secret backstory, perhaps about the Red Scare or her father's citizenship status. But these chapters were purely character development. I enjoyed them, but the main story was so propulsive that I always just wanted to get back to that. ( )
  jollyavis | Dec 14, 2021 |
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