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Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I relate the above to explain that these books have had a fairly significant influence on my life. These characters are dear friends. And at one point I did very much empathize with series protagonist Mary Ann Singleton. Over time, we grew apart. I didn't understand all the choices she had made. Now Mary Ann and I are both a lot older than we were when we first met. After all this time, it is such a pure delight to catch up with her!
Alas, things aren't going so well on her end--on a variety of levels. Robert Frost once said, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." For Mary Ann, that place is San Francisco, with Michael "Mouse" Tolliver. He and his husband Ben don't let her down. In addition to Mary Ann's crises, this novel spends significant time checking in with Michael's business partner, Jake, and Mary Ann's adopted daughter, Shawna. An extra bonus in this novel, for long-time devotees like me, is that one of the plot elements ties back to the very first Tales novel.
I read this novel in no time flat. It was a joy from start to finish! (Oh, and if I weren't blurring the lines between fact and fiction enough already, a real life acquaintance of mine makes a cameo appearance in the book! That's a first.Read more ›
Now we travel full circle as Mary Ann once again returns to the City, this time not as a sweet young girl full of hope but as an older, sadder woman seeking solace. Mary Ann's prefect life in Darien had fallen apart. Her trophy husband had disappointed her, her support system had crumbled when she needed it most so once again Mary Ann had turned to logical family, primarily Michael (Mouse) Tolliver, much to the discomfort of his husband Ben. As Michael helps Mary Ann the pair reconnect, enabling her to seek out her (and our) old friends, DeDe and D'Or, Anna, and Shawna. As always with this series the various seemingly unrelated plot lines twist through the story until they ultimately combine into a satisfying climax.
For all of us who had wailed "NOOOOOOOO!" at Mary Ann's departure at the end of SURE OF YOU her return in this novel is most satisfying. The joy of her return though is somewhat bittersweet as more of the ongoing plot lines reach conclusions that seem all too final.Read more ›
Please Armistead Maupin, don't stop here. Growing older with these beloved characters is a gift you cannot imagine. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a huge fan of the series but this one was so slow paced and so dark that it took me forever to finish it. Great if you can't sleep at nite.Published 12 days ago by Sebastien A.
'Mary Ann in Autumn' is yet another installment of 'Tales of the City' series. And it delivers what you'd expect: well drawn characters, excellent writing and giving the reader a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by lazza
Great to revisit our old friends from Barbary Lane, and a surprise twist ending makes for an enjoyable read. Enjoy!Published 5 months ago by Deutschermatt
I read the first seven books in the tales of the city series and Mary Ann in Autumn and the next one Days of Anna Madrigal were interesting but really just recaps of the previous... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mercedes Mendez
3.5 of 5 stars –
This series (at the time being just the first 6 books) was recommended to me when I first came out. Read more
Like all Tales of the City books, this one is great. A fairly quick read and fun if you have read the other books, but I would think a little difficult to understand all of it if... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daniel C Walsh