Author of ‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ and ‘What We Left Behind’

What We Left Behind Lies We Tell Ourselves

Hi! I’m Robin Talley. I write young adult fiction, usually about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters.

My latest novel, What We Left Behind, came out in October. When Booklist reviewed it, they said, “Talley continues to tackle tough issues with unvarnished honesty. … Young and emerging adults will find themselves challenged and enlightened.” Kirkus said, “Characterization is poignant and razor-sharp.” And School Library Journal gave it a starred review and said, “Tightly focused on Toni’s and Gretchen’s changing relationships and identities, this title is a must-read for high school Gay Straight Alliance members.”

My first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was released in September 2014 by Harlequin Teen. It’s about a black girl and a white girl who fall in love in 1959 Virginia while their school is being desegregated for the first time. It’s a 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal nominee and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.

Let’s hang out!