Author(s): Robin Talley
It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organises anti-gay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.
Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others — like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mum — and the kind she tells herself. But as anti-gay fervour in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.
A master of award-winning queer historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley once again brings to life with heart and vivid detail an emotionally captivating story about the lives of two teen girls living in an age when just being yourself was an incredible act of bravery.
TRENDSETTING: Talley has built a name for herself telling stories about queer teens set against the backdrop of 20th century American history. Her exploration of both queer teen sexuality and definitive periods in queer history make her books boundary-pushing, necessary, and emotionally captivating stories.
A MUST-HAVE FOR EDUCATORS: Themes of identity, sexuality, history, and gay rights will appeal to school and library markets and will have a long shelf life.
VERSATILE: Robin Talley is both a critical and commercial success, achieving New York Times bestseller placement for her debut novel and earning numerous starred reviews, awards and placements on must-read lists. Lies We Tell Ourselves was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal and won the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour.
Robin Talley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, writing terrible teen poetry and riding a desegregation bus to the school across town. A Lambda Literary Fellow, Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her fiancée, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice. You can find her on the web at www.robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.