Title - Mary Ann in Autumn
|Mary Ann in Autumn|
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. (Collins)
|Price: $19.95 |
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Number of pages: 320pp
Publisher: Black Swan
Date Of Publication: 201111
Series : Tales of the City Book
Series Instalment : #08
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|Review By: Daniel G. Taylor|
Maupin's latest in the Tales of the City series feels like it's about endings and beginnings.
Mary Ann — Singleton again, after her marriage fails — returns to San Francisco because of a health scare. As she reconnects with her past, a long hidden part returns to haunt her.
Maupin has returned to his peak form in this novel. "Slice of life" vignettes are wrapped in an artfully crafted narrative structure — everything plays its part in either bringing the world to life, moving the story forward, or hinting at the end.
Because it returns to a thread from the first novel, I'd suggest starting at the beginning and at least reading the first two Tales books before reading this one.