Writer of Young Adult Fiction

Our Own Private Universe As I Descended
Lies We Tell Ourselves What We Left Behind

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

Here are my books so far:

  • Our Own Private Universe, a happy f/f romance. It’s the book I wished I’d had when I was a teen reader. In their review, Publishers Weekly said, “Talley realistically explores first love and first sexual experiences against a backdrop of faith, family, prejudice, and social justice.”
  • As I Descended, a f/f retelling of Macbeth set at a haunted boarding school. Booklist called it “An intriguing, appropriately atmospheric take on one of Shakespeare’s most spine-tingling plays.”
  • What We Left Behind, about a deeply-in-love high school couple who are separated for the first time when they leave for college. Kirkus said, “Characterization is poignant and razor-sharp.”
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves, 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 was a New York Times bestseller (!) and it was shortlisted for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

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