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The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have
fled their cozy nest for adventures far afield. Mary Ann Singleton
finds love at sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her
doppelgänger in a desert whorehouse, and Michael Tolliver bumps into
his favorite gynecologist in a Mexican bar. Meanwhile, their venerable
landlady takes the biggest journey of all—without ever leaving home.
Tales of the City (1978)
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City
has blazed a singular trail through popular culture -- from a
groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel to a television
event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six
novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary
Lane, Tales is both a wry comedy of manners and a deeply
involving portrait of a vanished era.
More Tales of the City (1978)
Further Tales of the City (1982)The calamity-prone residents of 28
Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance
and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her
basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo,
DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath
across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her heart to a
derelict living in San Francisco park.
Babycakes (1984)When an ordinary househusband and his
ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to
making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a
grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young
lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly
affecting, Babycakes was the first work of fiction to
acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.
Significant Others (1987)Tranquility reigns in the ancient
redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp
downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those
entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a
panic-stricken philanderer and the world's most beautiful fat woman.
Significant Others is Armistead Maupin's cunningly observed
meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia.
Sure of You (1989)A fiercely ambitious TV talk show
host finds she must choose between national stardom in New York and a
husband and child in San Francisco. Caught in the middle is their
longtime friend, a gay man whose own future is even more uncertain.
Wistful and compassionate, yet subversively funny, Sure of You
could only come from Armistead Maupin.
Armistead Maupin's uproarious and moving Tales of the City novels--the
first three of which are collected in the is omnibus edition--have
earned a unique niche in American literature, not only as matchless
entertainment, but as indelible documents of cultural change in the
seventies and eighties.
When originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tales of
the City (1978), More Tales of the City (1980) and Futher Tales of the
City (1982) afforded a mainstream audience of millions its first
exposure to straight and gay characters experiencing on equal terms
the follies of urban life.
Among the cast of this groundbreaking saga are the lovelorn residents
of 28 Barbary Lane: the bewildered but aspiring Mary Ann Singleton,
the libidinous Brain Hawkins; Mona Ramsey, still in a sixties trance,
Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, forever in bright-eyed pursuit of Mr. Right;
and their marijuana-growing landlady, the indefatigable Mrs. Madrigal.
Hurdling barriers both social and sexual, Maupin leads them through
heartbreak and triumph, through mail-biting terrors and gleeful
coincidences. The result is a glittering and addictive comedy of
manners that continues to beguile new generations of readers.
Michael Tolliver Lives (2007)Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited
Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is
arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contem-porary
fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his ground-breaking
saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero,
letting the fifty-five-year-old gardener tell his story in his own
Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and
lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life,
the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest of times. Michael
Tolliver Lives follows its protagonist as he finds love with a younger
man, attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and
finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once
Though this is a stand-alone novel—accessible to fans of Tales of the
City and new readers alike—a reassuring number of familiar faces
appear along the way. As usual, the author's mordant wit and ear for
pitch-perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story—from the bawdy
to the bittersweet. Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of
growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make
Maybe the Moon, Armistead
Maupin's first novel since ending his bestselling Tales of the City
series, is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth --
Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast and former Guiness Book record
holder as the world's shortest woman.
All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where -- as
she says -- "you can die of encouragement." Her early starring role as
a lovable elf in an immensely popular American film proved a major
disappointment, since moviegoers never saw the face behind the
stifling rubber suit she was required to wear. Now, after a decade of
hollow promises from the Industry, she is reduced to performing at
birthday parties and bat mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that
will finally make her a star.
In a series of mordantly funny journal entries, Maupin
tracks his spunky heroine across the saffron-hazed wasteland of Los
Angeles -- from her all-too-infrequent meetings with agents and studio
moguls to her regular harrowing encounters with small children, large
dogs and human ignorance. Then one day a lanky piano player saunters
into Cady's life, unleashing heady new emotions, and she finds herself
going for broke, shooting the moon with a scheme so harebrained and
daring that it just might succeed. Her accomplice in the venture is
her best friend, Jeff, a gay waiter who sees Cady's struggle for
visibility as a natural extension of his own war against the Hollywood
As clear-eyed as it is charming, Maybe the Moon is a
modern parable about the mythology of the movies and the toll it
exacts from it participants on both sides of the screen. It is a work
that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a perspective
rarely found in literature.
Night Listener, The tie-in (2000)"I'm a fabulist by trade," warns
Gabriel Noone, a late-night radio storyteller, as he begins to
untangle the skeins of his tumultuous life: his crumbling ten-year
love affair, his disaffection from his Southern father, his longtime
weakness for ignoring reality. Gabriel's most sympathetic listener is
Pete Lomax, a thirteen-year-old fan in Wisconsin whose own horrific
past has left him wise and generous beyond his years. But when this
virtual father-son relationship is rocked by doubt, a desperate search
for the truth ensues. Welcome to the complex, vertiginous world of
The Night Listener.
Tales of the City (1994), Alastair Reid, director
with Donald Moffat and Olympia Dukakis
More Tales of the City (1998), Pierre Gang, director
with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis
Further Tales of the City. Vol 1 and Vol 2 (2001),
Pierre Gang, director with Olympia Dukakis and Paul Hopkins
Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (1996) with Susan Stryker and Jim Van Buskirk, Jim Van Buskirk
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