Music from Another World
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Giveaway dates: Feb 01 - Mar 01, 2020
Countries available: U.S. and Canada
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!).
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This was a beautifully done look at two young women ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
This is an epistolary novel with the story told through ...more
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). ...more
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