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  • Audio cassette
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Audio
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552140198
  • 9780552140195

Review Text

More campy sit-com and soap from San Francisco - as Maupin (Tales of the City, More Tales, Further Tales) continues the sigh-and-giggle adventures of gay Michael, a.k.a. "Mouse," and his best pal, TV-newscaster Mary Ann, a.k.a. "Babycakes." Michael, still grieving over the AIDS death of a lover-turned-soulmate, is gloomy and celibate these days; so Mary Ann urges him to take a trip to London - where he can stay in the empty apartment of their new acquaintance Simon, a smoothly handsome Britisher (he once double-dated with Lady Di) who has fled from his official duties aboard the yacht of Queen Elizabeth II (who's visiting S.F.). London's something of a disappointment, however: Simon's apartment is a slummy mess, the gay-bar scene is depressing, Michael still recoils from sex (despite soulful advances from teenager Wilfred). And then, after witnessing a cartoonish murder and discovering the truth about Simon's parentage, Michael gets yet another shock: he spots old lesbian pal Mona - and laboriously trails her to a country-house where she's about to enter a lucrative marriage-of-convenience with young Lord Roughton, the one "with substantial gold tit rings in both his nipples." (Lord R. wants to become a US citizen, free to "wag weenie" in San Francisco.) Meanwhile, what's with Mary Ann back home? Well, she's finally decided to go ahead and get pregnant, largely to please husband Brian - only to discover that Brian (who's in the dark) is sterile. The solution: fertilization by dear Simon, who's staying in Michael's apartment - resulting in great sex for Mary Ann, hurt feelings for Simon, rage for Brian (who's been resisting seduction by "rock widow" Theresa). . . but no pregnancy. So there won't be a happy ending till one of Mary Ann's pals conveniently dies in childbirth, providing a baby for the couple by the time Michael comes home from England. With the usual sort of jokes (Calvin Klein Condoms, the state of lesbian life in Seattle) and the usual bitchy/maudlin, preachy/vulgar mixture of tones: a hard-working sequel for readers already devoted to Mouse, Babycakes, their transsexual landlady, and the rest of the Russian Hill crowd. (Kirkus Reviews)show more