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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 organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk… ...more
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Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Inkyard Press
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    sarah
    Sep 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
    have i been let down by every robin talley book except for as i descended? yes. will i still read all her books? also yes
    Keelin Rita
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I will never stop loving and crying over Robin Talley’s books. Music From Another World is another edition to her works of queer historical fiction. Here’s why I loved it so much: Two girls from two separate parts of California, both from religious families, both going to a catholic school, both have secrets. Sharon’s brother is gay, and Tammy is a lesbian. Both of these secrets could put an end to their lives. The story is told through letters and journal entries. Tammy and Sharon are put ...more
    Sally
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Part of me wishes I had had Robin Talley’s books when I was a teenager and part of me is just so thankful I have them now. Even at 33, I still need queer stories like this. I love this book almost as much as I love Patti Smith and that’s saying something. Can’t wait for the release date in March! Thanks to Netgalley for the arc! ...more
    Kara
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Music from Another World in exchange for an honest review.

    4.5 Stars

    I devoured this book. This is my first Robin Talley book and I am hooked. I want to soak up everything she's ever written after reading this gem. While the book is set in 1970's California, there is such vivid detail in her writing that I felt like I was there. This book kept me up way past my bedtime (which is hard to do with two young kids at home -- sleep is very valuable these days!).

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    Sacha
    Jan 14, 2020 added it
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc. I’ll post a review upon publication.
    Zoe (semi-hiatus)
    Jul 26, 2019 marked it as release-2020
    Hasn't read Robin Talley's new book

    Adds this with high hopes
    Lu
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

    TW: homophobia, internalized homophobia, bullying

    Tammy Larson is unable to be herself anywhere, not at school, or with her friends, or in family dominated by her aunt Mandy and her anti-gay propaganda. She is a closeted lesbian and she's always lived her life fearing for and unable to be herself and free. Her only way to escape her strict and conservative Christian life in Orange County is her diary, where she writes to the gay
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    Tzipora
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was, somehow, my first time reading a Robin Talley book but I immediately want to run out and buy all her other books!

    I had a bit of a rant recently with my gay male best friend about what a moment gay male books and love stories are having in the book world. And how much I so needed, wanted more lesbian ones. So needless to say, I was so happy to find Music from Another World on Net Galley and so jazzed when my request was approved. And while I’m already a bit off topic, since this book is
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    Tzipora
    Just realized my review never posted from Net Galley for some reason!

    This was, somehow, my first time reading a Robin Talley book but I immediately want to run out and buy all her other books!

    I had a bit of a rant recently with my gay male best friend about what a moment gay male books and love stories are having in the book world. And how much I so needed, wanted more lesbian ones. So needless to say, I was so happy to find Music from Another World on Net Galley and so jazzed when my request
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    Alexa Blart, Library Cop
    3 1/2 stars. Thank you NetGalley and Inkyard Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    I've been a follower of Robin Talley's work for a few years now, and can honestly say that this is one of her better books—which are often hit or miss with me. In a lot of ways, it reads like a spiritual successor to her 2018 book Pulp, which explored queer history through the medium of 1950s lesbian pulp novels. Music from Another World dives back into queer history by exploring the
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    Jacquelyn
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: advance-copies, lgbt
    *Thanks to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*

    Sharon and Tammy, high school pen pals, are struggling to discover themselves in the hopeful and volatile world of the late 1970’s gay rights movement in this epistolary novel. Tammy has to hide her identity from her church-founding, Anita-Bryant-worshipping family in Orange County; and Sharon regularly sneaks out with her gay brother, Peter, for activist causes and punk rock shows. The girls
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    Katie B
    I received Advanced Reader Copy for free through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

    An enjoyable romp through 1970s LGBTQ+ San Francisco through the eyes (and letters) of two young girls deciding how far they’re willing to go to be themselves. The characters, settings, and ESPECIALLY the music in this book took me right back to the cool punk my 15-year-old self desperately wanted to be. Seriously, the soundtrack to this book is .

    The story itself is told through a mix of letters and
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    Christine
    Robin Talley's latest book, set to release in March 2020, takes place in the late 1970s in California. The epistolary novel is told in diary entries and letters between Tammy Larson and Sharon Hawkins, who were assigned to be pen pals. Tammy is a closeted lesbian living in Orange County. Her aunt forces her to participate in an anti-gay political campaign. She writes unsent letters to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk instead of keeping a diary. Sharon lives in San Francisco. After her ...more
    Lindsay Montague
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Who doesn’t love some punk rock rebellion? This historical novel is told through letters between new pen pals, Sharon and Tammy, both from ultra-religious households. Tammy is hiding who she really is living in Orange County, California, where her aunt and uncle started a church that basically runs their town. Sharon lives with her single mother and closeted brother in San Francisco during the height of Harvey Milk and the gay rights revolution.

    This was a beautifully done look at two young women
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    Steph
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    5 out of 5 stars.

    Robin Talley has brought me to tears again, in another well-written sapphic book—and that’s her MO, isn't it?

    The book is written through letters or diaries entries in the points of view of the main characters. Tammy and Sharon (while names I never though I would enjoy seeing) are pen pals at their Xian schools, and they befriend each other quickly, slowly sharing details of their lives and trusting each other.

    Each girl has a different, yet difficult journey and though the
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    Amanda
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for providing me with an ARC of this novel.

    Like Talley’s novel Pulp, Music from Another World deftly interweaves history with the coming-of-age stories of several LBCTQ teens. The book aptly conveys the claustrophobia of being closeted, as well as the difficulty of connecting with other queer people in the pre-Internet world (Tammy, one of the main characters, writes letters to Harvey Milk because he is quite literally the only gay role model she has: she
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    Kelly Hager
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    So first you should know that this book ends in November 1978, but before Harvey Milk's assassination. (That's history and it's not a spoiler.) I loved this book but I had an incredible amount of anxiety as we got closer to November because I knew what was coming.

    And I really loved this book so much. I was born in 1980, so this is not that much before my time, but my teenage years were so different. Ellen came out when I was in high school, and I remember watching that episode live and feeling
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    Michael Turpin
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Robyn Talley's writing first sucked me in with Pulp, so I jumped at the chance to read Music From Another Room. The interplay between Tammy and Sharon as pen pals will spark nostalgia in anyone old enough to have had a mandatory pen pal, and will immerse younger readers in a time where your friends weren't right at your fingertips. While I did not love all of the plot developments in this relationship, I understand why, for the purposes of the novel, why Talley handled them the way she did.

    As in
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    LesReview
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I was given this ARC via Net Galley and publisher for an honest review. Many Thanks!
    So the very first book I read by Robin Talley was Lies We Tell Ourselves and was blown away. When I saw this book I knew I had to get my hands on it and was not disappointed.
    This story is set in 1977 and involves Tammy Larson and Sharon Hawkins both who live in California. Tammy Larson is from Orange County, a very conservative city and is secretly gay. She comes from a Uber conservative family that not only runs
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    Laura
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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    Danielle
    Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    Set in 1977 two teenage girls bond over punk music during a school assigned pen pal exercise. Tammy is a lesbian trapped in a super strict Christian family and school run by her aunt who is fighting to pass stricter laws against homosexuality. Sharon lives in San Francisco where she's struggling to hide the fact that her brother has recently told her he is gay and their involvement in the gay rights movement where she also discovers punk.

    This is an epistolary novel with the story told through
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    Karen
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc
    I don't typically read YA books, but this one seemed interesting to me because it was historical fiction/romance. I went into this one with high hopes and Talley did not disappoint. I admit it started a little rocky because I needed to get use to the format. Both MC's mainly write in their diary. Sharon writes in the Dear Diary format and Tammy writes into her diary to Harvey Milk. Once they start writing to one another the Dear Tammy/Sharon comes into play. By the time I got 1/4 way into it, I ...more
    Kate
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020-reads
    I really liked this book. The way it was told in alternating point-of-view and through diary entries and letters between the two main characters was really fun, and it worked really well to reveal the ways that they navigated managing their newly-emerging sense of their sexual identities while growing up in a time -- and in families and political environments -- where they weren't always expecting to be accepted. I loved the way Talley used the backdrop of Anita Bryant's crusade against gay and ...more
    Jess
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    An epistolary historical fiction novel of two young women discovering and challenging themselves to live authentically in a world that would prefer to ignore them. This story is placed during Harvey Milk's political rise, features a fair amount of punk rock shows, and references second wave feminism as well. The reader is likely to become attached to the characters in spite of some meandering prose and a somewhat over-the-top villainous aunt. Be prepared for public pushback based on the general ...more
    Liz Chambliss
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed this book. It was the perfect blend of historical fiction and contemporary LGBTQIA romance. It was easy to read the way it was written between pen pals, and all of the historical and musical references were great. I would definitely read another book by this author, and I would recommend this to anyone that likes diverse reads or historical fiction. Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read it early.
    S
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    So this is based back in the 70s during the Prop 6 debate. It's done in a diary and penpal letter format and it works well in this case. You get a good feel of what's going on from both MC point of view and still get a few 'where did that come from' bits. A few happy tears and a few sad tears and a way better book then I was expecting. Pick it up when it comes out. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc. 4.5 stars
    Mary
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Wow! An epistolary novel and an historical novel and a queer teen novel all wrapped up together. This book was great. I loved the letters, the dear diary moments, and the story told by the three main characters, fighting to understand themselves and the world in Harvey Milk’s revolutionary San Francisco in 1977. Read this book, then pass it on to the next person.
    Anna
    Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Summer 1977, and Tammy and Sharon have been paired up together for a pen pal project for their high schools. The purpose of the pen pal project is to strengthen students’ faith over the summer and into the first term of their junior year of high school.

    Both are reluctant about this project, and both keep a journal outside of the letter writing project. Tammy writes to Harvey Milk, an elected supervisor for San Francisco Board of Supervisors (the first openly gay man to be elected in California).
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    Alana
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: jri, ala, 2020-reads
    A sweet, fast read that shows how far we've come and also how little progress we've made. Sadly, it feels like both.
    Nicole
    Dec 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway!

    Review to come soon.
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