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Michael Tolliver Lives : Tales of the City 7

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Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably the most beloved gay character in fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice. Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life, the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest of times, Michael Tolliver Lives follows its protagonist as he finds love with a younger man, attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once his landlady. While Maupin insists that this book is not, strictly speaking, a continuation of Tales of the City, a reassuring number of familiar faces appear along the way. As usual, the author's mordant wit and ear for pitch-perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story-- from the bawdy to the bittersweet. Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 181.44g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552772933
  • 9780552772938
  • 79,594

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"More than enough charm, wit and pathos to keep even a Maupin virgin enthralled" * Independent * "A book of considerable charm" * Daily Mail * "Comedy in its most classical form... some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read" * Guardian * "May well be the funniest series of novels currently in progress... Maupin's ear for dialogue is as acute as his feeling for characterisation, and the net result is as engaging a read as you are likely to encounter" * The Times * "The Tales of the City sequence has been one of the literary menus plaisirs of the past decade - Maupin with his elegance and charm has found a place among the classics" * Observer *show more

About Armistead Maupin

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. For more information on Armistead Maupin and his books, see his website at www.armisteadmaupin.comshow more

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Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is back. Now a fifty-five-year-old gardener, he brings the groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life up to date. Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael Tolliver has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life, the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest of times. While he has found love with a younger man, he must attend to the harsher realities around him: his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and those whose lives have not unfolded so happily. And in so doing, he finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once his landlady. With mordant wit and an ear for pitch-perfect dialogue from the bawdy to the bittersweet, Michael Tolliver Lives reveals the art of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible. 'Maupin remains a great storyteller, a magnificently unrepentant liberal, and a wise, witty observer of the differences which make us human' Sunday Telegraph 'More than enough charm, wit and pathos to keep even a Maupin virgin enthralled...The echoes of the previous novels will send them scurrying back to discover what they've been missing' Independent 'Anyone who enjoyed [Maupin's] earlier books will welcome this opportunity for a return trip to its setting...Has the warmth of a reunion long overdue' New York Timesshow more

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"The Tales of the City sequence has been one of the literary menus plaisirs of the past decade - Maupin with his elegance and charm has found a place among the classics"show more

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