Writer of Young Adult Fiction

As I Descended Lies We Tell Ourselves What We Left Behind

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

My next book is As I Descended, a f/f retelling of Macbeth set at a haunted boarding school. It comes out Sept. 6, 2016. Kirkus gave it a starred review and said, “This adaptation’s bewitching intrigues and enthralling deceptions will whet the daggers of any reader’s mind.” It’s up for preorder now, and you can enter to win a signed ARC too!

My first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, is 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 shortlisted for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal (!), winner of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour and a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.

My latest novel, What We Left Behind, came out in 2015. 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.”

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