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.

My newest book is Our Own Private Universe, out Jan. 31 in the U.S. and Canada and Feb. 9 in the U.K. It’s a happy f/f romance, and 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.”

My other three published books are:

  • 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.”
  • 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, winner of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour and a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.
  • What We Left Behind, about a deeply-in-love high school couple who are separated for the first time when they leave for college. 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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