Rachael Cohen will be joining us to discuss the 2023 Vermont Reads pick: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Books will be distributed (for keeps!) beginning a month prior to the discussion and can be picked up at the library.
Lo’s book is about teenager Lily Hu, who is fully immersed in the life and culture of San Francisco’s Chinatown, home to Chinese immigrant families like hers. But as she comes of age in the 1950s, her passion for rockets and space exploration is matched by her curiosity about the Telegraph Club, located in a neighboring part of the city her parents have asked her to avoid.
Last Night at The Telegraph Club explores themes of self-acceptance, familial and cultural ties, US/China relations, LGBTQ+ and Feminist history, McCarthyism and xenophobia, music of the 1940s and 1950s, and the Asian American experience, among others.