A review by nullpointerintime
Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo


This was wonderful! Pure historical fiction (without some sort of alternate history angle) isn't typically my thing, but I was willing to give it a shot mainly because it's gay.

This managed to both paint a fascinating historical picture of queer women in San Francisco in the 50s while also being a very sweet coming-of-age romance. I knew some of the history of queer San Francisco from documentaries and a couple lectures in college, but most of that focused on men, so this perspective was really valuable.

Spoilers for the general nature of the ending: Given its setting, I was a little worried that the ending would either be tragic or unrealistically happy. YMMV, but I think it struck a good balance between hopeful (no one dies or ends up with a man) and realistic.