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. It got a starred review from Kirkus, who called it “a diverse story of first times and finding oneself.”
  • As I Descended, a f/f retelling of Macbeth set at a haunted boarding school. 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.”
  • 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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