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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reissue edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060964081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060964085
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Readers familiar with Maupin's Tales of the City series will greet this latest installment like a welcome visit from old friends. Once again, the action focuses on the misadventures of a cross-section of San Franciscans, who this time take to the country for a late summer weekend in three separate gender-segregated retreats: a gay resort, a lesbian music festival and the infamous encampment of privilege at Bohemian Grove. While the trio of settings couldn't be farther apart in spiritat least on the surfacethey all are within shouting distance of each other on the banks of the Russian River, and the three worlds, inevitably, collide. With its blend of satire, slapstick and melodrama, the novel, which originated as a newspaper serial, is as light as a souffle, although the very real threat of AIDSwhich has claimed one character's gay lover and seems to be closing in on another character, a philandering husband who panics after a brush with illnessgives the story relevance and impact. Maupin writes with a warmth and humor that is sorely missed in some recent gay novels having more overtly literary aspirations; his tales may be sparkling entertainments, but they are lit with a glowing humanity that brings each character to vivid, poignant life.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Maupin is a richly gifted comic author... there is room in Armistead Maupin's universe for all of us" Observer "Comedy in its most classical form... some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read" -- Jonathan Coe Guardian "San Francisco is fortunate in having a chronicler as witty and likeable as Armistead Maupin" Independent "Like those of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Armistead Maupin's novels have all appeared originally as serials... it is the strength of this approach, with its fantastic adventures and astonishingly contrived coincidences, that makes these novels charming and compelling" Literary Review "Wise, witty, loving and caring about the foibles and frailties we all seem to have" -- David Hockney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. Maupin worked briefly as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. The climate of freedom and tolerance he found in his adopted city inspired him to come out publicly as homosexual in 1974. Two years later, he launched his "Tales of the City" serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, the first fiction to appear in an American daily for decades.

Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the six-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and, most recently, Michael Tolliver Lives. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three novels in the Tales series. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.

He lives in Santa Fe with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.

Customer Reviews

Set in San Francisco, it makes mention of so many places I am familiar with.
Sharon Jones
I read the first three books in this series in 2010, then finally read the fourth book, BABYCAKES, a few months ago.
octoberwoman
As always, Armistead Maupin's writing is superb and his characters intriguing.
Babs

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Theis on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Reading the 'Tales of the City'-Series was such a wonderful experience I could easily repeat it as much as I could. Maupin's style is so great and terrific, it's strange I hadn't heard of him that much, before I read it.
The characters are surely some of the best ones ever created in literary history. The developement of the storyline is so surprising and unexpectable it's breath-taking. The twists and turns are so effective, because you seem to know the characters so well, and never had thought... well, you have to explore the secrets by yourself. I have never seen such a developement of characters. The same persons are totally different in the last book than in the first one. It's great.
I won't rate every book differently, although they are very different. But they are so great alltogether and so well-connected it's hard to tell them apart.
This is wonderful stuff!1
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1998
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Although this book, like the rest of the Tales of the City series, is relatively light and easy reading, it also manages to be deep and touching.
One becomes attached to the characters and wants to read on to see what becomes of them, gets mad at them for some of their choices and may even decide they are no longer friends. The occasional brush with "real" characters helps to add a bit of fun to the stories.
A must-read series, this look into the world of 70's and 80's San Francisco is heartwarming and addictive. Written in a way that lets you easily set the book down after each section/chapter (the books were originally created as short pieces that ran in newspapers) a strong caveat is in order: Be careful: you WILL end up reading well past your bedtime!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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I first read the beginnig novel in College, for a requirement. And, I couldn't finish it. I though it was bizzare. But, after finishing college, and had been much more accustomed to the Bohemian atmosphere of college, I LOVED it.
I read all the remaining novels. I even read "Maybe the Moon", and loved that. Maupin has been able to capture the inner psyche of spirited individuals and make them loveable. I loved every story line, and HATED to end any of them.
My only regret is that I can't continue the ride.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Devinney on August 29, 2001
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How can you not love the antics when blueblood DeDe Halcyon goes to a wimmin's festival and accidentally lets in the homophobes? Or how about when Booter falls asleep on his boat and drifts into Wimminwood and is kidnapped? The story and adventure continue on just as compelling as the first four editions. You will laugh, you will cry...you may find yourself all over again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne O. Bowler on October 23, 2011
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I love his books because I used to live in SF for many years and love the City and entire Bay Area. He does a good job satyrizing some of the folks but shows a lot of compassion as well. My goodness, though, his characters sure smoke a lot of dope!!! I didn't altho' some of my friends did in the 1970s!

Suzanne
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eva Sophia on May 5, 2006
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This was the one that tackled the effect of AIDS on the gay community in San Francisco. When Dr. John Fielding dies it was a significant marker to the era that San Francisco became renowned for. Still comedic but always heart endearing ... Maupin makes anyone yearn for the City by the Bay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on June 1, 2010
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This is the fifth in the TALES OF THE CITY series featuring the lives and loves of an eclectic group of friends in San Francisco. The series is a continuing arc so those new to the series should begin at the beginning, TALES OF THE CITY and continue in order.

It is nearly a decade since Mary Ann Singleton decided to flee her native Cleveland and settle in San Francisco. She has managed to achieve the all three of the elusive marks of success at the same time - a good job (host of a morning tv talk show) - a good apartment (a penthouse overlooking her former home on Barbary Lane) and a great lover (hunky husband Brian). To add to the equation the pair even have the ultimate yuppie accessory, a daughter, Shawna (aka Puppy). Life is just too wonderful but change is in the wind. In the course of interviewing a celebrity, the plus size model, Wren events are set into motion that will ripple through the Barbary Lane community sending them into the wilds of the Russian River Valley.

Our old friends (and some new ones) venture out of the City and into an exclusive all male retreat for the wealthy and powerful, a not so exclusive all female festival and a couple cabins by the river. That these unlikely groups will meet is inevitable as is the hilarity that will follow.

This series has been labeled as 'gay fiction', and while it does include many characters that are gay and touch on subjects of concern to the GLBT community it is a well written collection of stories about warm, believable characters who deal with situations everyone can relate to in a delightfully funny manner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A.J. Chodan on October 1, 2000
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Although I prefer the books that explore more "serious" themes, the center-stage reappearance of DeeDee and D'orothea made this book quite enjoyable for me.
An enjoyable satire of extremes of men's space and women's space, but not quite the same Tales I had fallen in love with.
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