Mary Ann in Autumn
A Tales of the City Novel
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Like catching up with old friends
One of those few stories you hate to reach the end of.
May Ann in Autumn
I always feel sad, yet fulfilled, when I finish one of Mr. Maupin's books. They have been with me throughout life's journeys. When is the next one? Anna perhaps?
Mary Ann in Autumn
He's done it again. No matter how many years it's been since reading the originals, he brings you back to this amazing family as if you never left them.
You love them again. Grow with them. Cry with them. It makes aging in San Francisco, as I have all the more fun.
I wish he could write a book every week.
Thank you, Armisted, for this. You remind me why I continue to live in San Francisco and make my own memories.