Book Rewind Review: Pulp by Robin Talley

Crushed on by Christy Jane, on June 6, 2019, in Book Rewind, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Pulp by Robin Talley

Book Rewind is a review featuring backlist titles, because we like to give love and value to books that aren’t just new releases. Today, we are featuring Pulp by Robin Talley, this brilliant LGBTQIA+ story is perfect for anyone’s Pride TBR so we hope you check it out!


I’ve been waiting to read more Robin Talley, having read her in Toil & Trouble and Feral Youth. I also want to read more f/f romance, making Pulp the perfect choice.

The basic premise of Pulp is told in two alternating timelines, modern day, where Abby is studying 1950’s lesbian pulp fiction, and 1955, where Janet can not be open about her love for Marie. 

Oh, how I loved this story.

First, I love books told in alternate voices. Alternate timelines. Intersected in so many ways. It worked BIG TIME in this book and spoke to how far we’ve come (and reality in where we still need to go). I was interested in Janet’s story in her own right and also through Abby’s eyes. To say I marathoned this book is an underestimate.

It was heartbreaking to read Janet’s story and know that so many people lived that experience. I can only imagine what Robin’s research process for this story was like. Also, can we get a room at The Ripped Bodice full of lesbian pulp fiction? #automaticTBR

Abby is also trying to find her way and to see her explore who she is through fiction (and reality) is such a treat. To see herself and her community in books. Her overall development through the story. Ugh, it’s just SO. GOOD.

This story was educational on so many levels. I hope it makes its way into many classrooms, book clubs, and libraries (it landed in mine!). The audio is fantastic and I love that Robin read the author’s note!

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