It can be hard to follow-up a debut novel that went gangbusters the way that Red, White & Royal Blue did, but McQuiston hasn’t broken stride.
One Last Stop is a, frankly, fucking delightful queer romance with a time-travel element. My friends at Macmillan were kind enough to send me a copy for review.
The central character, August, is new to New York City, but she’s already got the cynicism down (“August believes in nothing except caution and a pocket-knife” – one of the OG Murderinos!).
That is, until she meets Jane – a beautiful stranger on a train, with a bewitching smile and a leather jacket.
How was August to know that Jane had come unstuck in time, from her home in the 1970s, and falling in love with her would cause all kinds of trouble?
One Last Stop is snort-laugh funny; anyone who’s ever lived in a share-house or found themselves a family in an ensemble of bizarre friends will relate, hard.
The romance is steamy at times, sweet at others, and always just a little bit magical. It was a particular pleasure to read a queer novel that touches on significant issues in the community (including discrimination and AIDS) without being a giant, whining bummer.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I can’t wait to see what McQuiston comes up with next.