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Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« on: October 20, 2010, 09:54:47 pm »
http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Mary-Ann-Autumn-Armistead-Maupin/?isbn=9780061470882



“An enormously talented writer….By writing about what’s seemingly different, Armistead Maupin always manages to capture what’s so hilariously, painfully true for all of us.” —Amy Tan, author of The Bonesetter’s Daughter

“Maupin writes with warmth, acuity and tremendous wit….Read him.” —Publishers Weekly

Following the success of his New York Times bestseller Michael Tolliver Lives, Armistead Maupin’s Mary Ann in Autumn is a touching portrait of friendship, family, and fresh starts, as the City by the Bay welcomes back Mary Ann Singleton, the beloved Tales of the City heroine who started it all. A new chapter begins in the lives of both Mary Ann and Michael “Mouse” Tolliver when she returns to San Francisco to rejoin her oldest friend after years in New York City…the reunion that fans of Maupin’s beloved Tales of the City series have been awaiting for years.

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    A hilarious and touching new installment of Armistead Maupin's beloved Tales of the City series

Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her oldest friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband.

Mary Ann finds temporary refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of fifty-seven, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes. Soon, with the help of Facebook and a few old friends, she begins to reengage with life, only to confront fresh terrors when her checkered past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined.

After the intimate first-person narrative of Maupin's last novel, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn marks the author's return to the multicharacter plotlines and darkly comic themes of his earlier work. Among those caught in Mary Ann's orbit are her estranged daughter, Shawna, a popular sex blogger; Jake Greenleaf, Michael's transgendered gardening assistant; socialite DeDe Halcyon-Wilson; and the indefatigable Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann's former landlady at 28 Barbary Lane.

More than three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's legendary Tales of the City series rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent, and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight, compassion, and mordant wit.

"It was only you in my life, and it will always be only you, Jack, I swear."

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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 04:49:01 pm »
It's out! 

Just bought my copy today.  Yay!

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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 05:21:39 pm »



"For Laura Linney"
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

--T. S. Eliot


« Last Edit: November 12, 2010, 10:39:44 pm by Aloysius JMM Bear, Esq. »
"Tu doives entendre je t'aime."
(and you know who I am...)


Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne)
and Pee-wee in the 1990 episode
"Camping Out"

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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2010, 05:46:02 pm »
Laura Linney will always be Mary Ann to me. 


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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2010, 07:16:51 pm »
Wonderful I am going to order me a copy!
"It was only you in my life, and it will always be only you, Jack, I swear."

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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010, 10:38:45 pm »




Laura Linney will always be Mary Ann to me.  




!!!

I rather think Mr. Maupin agrees with you.

(  :laugh: )

I won't even mention dear, dear, DEAR Olympia Dukakis (LOVE!)

--this photo SO brings back memories--

I loved the 'original' Mona (Chloe Webb), BUT--

Dearest 'Mouse' (Marcus D'Amico--a Brit!  :o )--so sad when he and Mr. Maupin were unable to see eye to eye. HE was and will always be Mouse Tolliver to me....

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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010, 10:48:54 pm »
I'm with you, John. 

At least they kept Laura, Olympia and Billy Campbell. 

But I really missed Chloe and especially Marcus in their roles. 

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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2010, 12:55:35 pm »
As John pointed out, Armistead dedicated this book to Laura Linney. 

Sure enough, on page 7, we find a BBM reference:  in this case, a ridgeback in the dog park is named "Brokeback".  LOL

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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2010, 08:00:25 pm »



Laura Linney will always be Mary Ann to me. 




Here they are (or were):

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZei0Y-dHGI&feature[/youtube]


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Re: Armistead Maupin Continues "Tales of the City" Series
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 12:26:55 am »
I just finished reading it, and all I can say is WOW!

That Armisted Maupin, he is the Mark Twain of this time, he really is.
"It was only you in my life, and it will always be only you, Jack, I swear."