#StickyNoteReview for Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

I’ve been bad about writing sticky note reviews lately, scrapping so many that I started in an effort to grant myself grace for not feeling like writing reviews.

But when I finished Last Night at the Telegraph Club, I knew that it was one I couldn’t excuse myself from writing a Sticky Note Review of.

There’s something so beautiful about narratives set in cultural contexts that don’t ignore the nuances of those cultural contexts. It adds an element of realness that is otherwise missing from narratives.

So without further ado, the sticky note says…

Wow. Just wow. Last Night at the Telegraph Club is — words to describe escape me.

It’s a both beautiful and sobering read, weaving the joys of self-discovery and first loves with what it meant to live at the intersection of being Chinese American and part of the LGBTQ community in the 1950s. Add to that the political climate around communism and the effects on Chinese communities and people in the U.S and you have a beautifully nuanced narrative.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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