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ISBN13: 9780060761363
ISBN10: 0060761369
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Nearly two decades after ending his groundbreaking Tales of the City saga of San Francisco life, Armistead Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero Michael Tolliver — the fifty-five-year-old sweet-spirited gardener and survivor of the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers — for a single day at once mundane and extraordinary...and filled with the everyday miracles of living.

Review:

"Maupin denies that this is a seventh volume of his beloved Tales of the City, but — happily — that's exactly what it is, with style and invention galore. When we left the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, it was 1989, and Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver was coping with the supposed death sentence of HIV. Now, improved drug cocktails have given him a new life, while regular shots of testosterone and doses of Viagra allow him a rich and inventive sex life with a new boyfriend, Ben, 'twenty-one years younger than I am — an entire adult younger, if you must insist on looking at it that way.' Number 28 Barbary Lane itself is no more, but its former tenants are doing well, for the most part, in diaspora. Michael's best friend, ladies' man Brian Hawkins, is back, and unprepared for his grown daughter, Shawna, a pansexual it-girl journalist la Michelle Tea, to leave for a New York career. Mrs. Madrigal, the transsexual landlady, is still radiant and mysterious at age 85. Maupin introduces a dazzling variety of real-life reference points, but the story belongs to Mouse, whose chartings of the transgressive, multigendered sex trends of San Francisco are every bit as lovable as Mouse's original wet jockey shorts contest in the very first Tales, back in 1978. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"It all boils down to this line: 'Hey ... the nipple toys have arrived from eBay.'

If you get a kick out of that sentence, odds are you'll also get a kick out of Armistead Maupin's new novel, 'Michael Tolliver Lives.' But if that sentence — and roughly 8,000 other of its kind — isn't your cup of tea, then you should probably drink somewhere else.

Maupin is rightfully praised... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[C]harming, heartwarming....This is a kind of wrapping-up novel, but also a giving-thanks one....Sweet without being sappy." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"An affirmation of growing older and wiser that gives hope to those trying to appreciate what they have while staying true to themselves, this novel is a graceful coda to the series. Recommended." Library Journal

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"[G]reat fun to read. Maupin is a master at sustained and sustaining comic turns." New York Times

Review:

"Maupin's writing style is both breezy and humorous, which makes the sadder moments all the more poignant." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Review:

"[W]itty and tragic....The past may be a foreign country, but this literary day trip reminds us of why we love to travel." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Rueful but never regretful, warmhearted and witty: a treat for Maupin's many fans." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost 20 years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero.

About the Author

Armistead Maupin is the author of Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Maybe the Moon, and The Night Listener. Three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

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cocojojo, May 27, 2008 (view all comments by cocojojo)
When I heard that Mouse lived and had a whole book about him, I rushed out and got it. I was NOT disappointed. Life in the Castro has changed in 00's, but it still serves as a great backdrop for a funny, sad, witty, enjoyable look at the 28 Barbary Lane family.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060761363
Author:
Maupin, Armistead
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Armistead Maupin
Author:
by Armistead Maupin
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20080520
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.98x5.36x.77 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060761363 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Maupin denies that this is a seventh volume of his beloved Tales of the City, but — happily — that's exactly what it is, with style and invention galore. When we left the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, it was 1989, and Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver was coping with the supposed death sentence of HIV. Now, improved drug cocktails have given him a new life, while regular shots of testosterone and doses of Viagra allow him a rich and inventive sex life with a new boyfriend, Ben, 'twenty-one years younger than I am — an entire adult younger, if you must insist on looking at it that way.' Number 28 Barbary Lane itself is no more, but its former tenants are doing well, for the most part, in diaspora. Michael's best friend, ladies' man Brian Hawkins, is back, and unprepared for his grown daughter, Shawna, a pansexual it-girl journalist la Michelle Tea, to leave for a New York career. Mrs. Madrigal, the transsexual landlady, is still radiant and mysterious at age 85. Maupin introduces a dazzling variety of real-life reference points, but the story belongs to Mouse, whose chartings of the transgressive, multigendered sex trends of San Francisco are every bit as lovable as Mouse's original wet jockey shorts contest in the very first Tales, back in 1978. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[C]harming, heartwarming....This is a kind of wrapping-up novel, but also a giving-thanks one....Sweet without being sappy."
"Review" by , "An affirmation of growing older and wiser that gives hope to those trying to appreciate what they have while staying true to themselves, this novel is a graceful coda to the series. Recommended."
"Review" by , "[G]reat fun to read. Maupin is a master at sustained and sustaining comic turns."
"Review" by , "Maupin's writing style is both breezy and humorous, which makes the sadder moments all the more poignant."
"Review" by , "[W]itty and tragic....The past may be a foreign country, but this literary day trip reminds us of why we love to travel."
"Review" by , "Rueful but never regretful, warmhearted and witty: a treat for Maupin's many fans."
"Synopsis" by , Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost 20 years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero.
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