Writer of Young Adult Fiction

As I Descended Our Own Private Universe
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 newest book is As I Descended, a f/f retelling of Macbeth set at a haunted boarding school. It came 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.”

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 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.

My second 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.”

Next up for me is Our Own Private Universe, coming out January 31, 2017, from Harlequin Teen. It got a starred review from Kirkus, who called it, “a diverse story of first times and finding oneself.”

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