More Tales of the City

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Harper Collins, May 5, 1998 - Fiction - 352 pages
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The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have fled their cozy nest for adventures far afield. Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her doppelgÄnger in a desert whorehouse, and Michael Tolliver bumps into his favorite gynecologist in a Mexican bar. Meanwhile, their venerable landlady takes the biggest journey of all—without ever leaving home.


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This is my favorite of the Tales of the City series. In the first book, we get to know the Barbary Lane residents. In this one, they are already our friends, and we are ready for the journey. For those of us who choose to live our lives vicariously, this series is liberating. If you don't, or haven't, read the Tales of the City series, you are depriving yourself of genuine pleasure.  

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Readable? yes. Enjoyable? yes. But you sort of feel empty after reading this, in much the same way soap operas are diverting. Maupin tries to combine many disparate elements to form this sort of stew ... Read full review

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Armistead Maupin is the author of Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and the bestselling Tales of the City series. A new musical based on the first two Tales novels premiered at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in the summer of 2011. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

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