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The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
  

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Anna Madrigal is 92. Knowing she hasn’t long left she travels with her old extended family, the stars of the original series, into the dessert in Nevada. The road trip coincides with Burning Man, a huge, radical and unorthodox festival which her old friends, Mouse, Mary-Ann, Brian etc are attending along with some 50,000 people! Unusual for Maupin this is not written in his staccato, episodic style of the series. In flashbacks we go to 1936 when Andy (now Anna) was growing up in a bordello and we meet the folk who shaped his/her life. Fans will find this a very different book to the norm for those were truly special modern classics. Here it’s great to have a chance to say goodbye to well-loved characters as Maupin ties everything up.

If you like Armistead Maupin you might also like to read books by Julian Clary, Patrick Gale and Hanif Kureishi.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Lovers of Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’ will be delighted to meet some of their favourite characters again, and readers new to his work are in for a treat. A group (many of whom are familiar faces from previous novels) prepare to leave San Francisco to head to Burning Man Festival in Nevada, while co-incidentally, their old landlady, the ineffable, unstoppable, transsexual, 90-year-old Anna Madrigal, is heading back to Nevada to revisit her life there when she was a man… Full of sexual witticisms, political sideswipes, inappropriate pairings and an unputdownable storyline, Maupin has once again produced a rollicking topical tour de force of intelligence and humour that will undoubtedly increase his fan base.
~ Caroline White

Synopsis

The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin

The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching ninth novel in Armistead Maupin's bestselling Tales of the City series, follows one of modern literature's most unforgettable and enduring characters - Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of leaving like a lady, Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her logical family in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades. Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada's Black Rock Desert where 60,000 revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

Reviews

'The Tales of the City sequence has been one of the literary menus plaisirs of the past decade - Maupin with his elegance and charm has found a place among the classics' - Observer

'May well be the funniest series of novels currently in progress...Maupin's ear for dialogue is as acute as his feeling for characterisation, and the net result is as engaging a read as you are likely to encounter' - The Times

'Comedy in its most classical form...some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read' - Guardian

About the Author

Armistead Maupin

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.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Armistead Maupin

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9780857521286

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