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At last Armistead Maupin returns to one of his most beloved characters from The Tales of the City series. I donâ€™t know anyone who picked up the first in that series and didnâ€™t immediately have to read all the other ones in quick succession! Although this isnâ€™t the next in that series it is about Michael Tolliver 20 years after we last saw him and there are plenty of characters from the old days to get that warm familiar feeling back. Saying that you donâ€™t have to have read Tales of the City to thoroughly enjoy this book.
The Tales of the City series
1. Tales of the City
6. Sure of You
Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupinâ€™s classic Tales of the City series, is arguably the most beloved gay character in fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.
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 his landlady.
While Maupin insists that this book is not, strictly speaking, a continuation of Tales of the City, a reassuring number of familiar faces appear along the way. As usual, the authorâ€™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 that possible.
Publication date: 18/06/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||18th June 2007|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Armistead Maupin is the author of Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.More About Armistead Maupin