Parents' Guide to

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Unforgettable queer love story set in 1950s San Francisco.

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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Read this with your teenagers

I was really blown away by this book and gave it a 9/10 in my own reading journal. Its the story of a young Chinese girl in the 50s who is the daughter of immigrants trying to navigate life when sexuality is a deviancy and anyone different is a communist. I don't think there is "Too much" Sex or drinking but I marked them because they are in the book.
age 14+

Historical fiction with a queer-positive spin

This is an informative historical fiction story about the political climate in 1950s San Francisco, McCarthyism, microaggressions, risk, pain, hope, being true to yourself and queer love.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This unforgettable queer romance is not simply about first love, but about discovering and embracing your many identities and standing up against fear and prejudice. Readers looking only for a love story may sometimes find Last Night at The Telegraph Club tough going. Kath and Lily's story is interrupted by lengthy storylines that follow the lives of Lily's parents and Aunt Judy and by short lists of events and dates (repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the end of the Korean War) from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.

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