Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series, is arguably the best-known gay character in fiction.
For almost 30 years, millions of devoted readers around the world have revelled in Michael's adventures as he searched for love in San Francisco and discovered his true family among the tenants of 28 Barbary Lane.
Now, fifteen years after concluding his groundbreaking saga, Maupin revisits his queer Everyman, tracking the 52-year-old gardener through the course of a single day in the 21st Century. Michael Tolliver is not, strictly speaking, a continuation of the Tales series but a finely detailed portrait of one man's hopes and fears as he inhabits the future he once thought he'd never experience. Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the sacred dailiness of life, the loving connections that sustain him in the hardest of times.
His journey on this particular day takes him from the garden of a troublesome client to the bed of a younger man to the parlour of a wise octogenarian who was once his beloved landlady.
Filled with gentle insights about the human condition - and Maupin's unmistakable wit - Michael Tolliver is a novel about the act of living and the small miracles that make it worthwhile.
About the Author
Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
It had to happen. Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady at Barbary Lane whom we have loved since Tales of the City has grown older, along with her bohemian tenants and just like the rest of us. In fact, forty years on, she’s now ninety two! She and her friends now have iPads and use Facebook and twitter, and the gay couples are as married as the straights.
Few authors know their characters as well as Maupin, who writes with tender wry affection for this motley community and their very Californian foibles.
If you have to say goodbye to characters you love, this is the way to do it.
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Comments about The Days of Anna Madrigal:
Having read all of Armistead Maupin's works, I have found this (apparently) 'final' in the series of 'Tales...' a bit disappointing. Nothing much occurs OR is it that times have changed and we've all moved on from Mona, Anna etc?
"One of the most acclaimed sagas of our time...A celebration of life in all its craziness...As good as anything Maupin has offered us" -- John Sutherland The Times "The brilliance of Maupin is his mingling of high camp with tragedy and deep feeling - all with a miraculously light touch" -- Daily Mail Wendy Holden "A proper Maupin-esque swansong - moving, funny and obscene. We expect nothing less" -- Isabel Berwick Financial Times "Christopher Isherwood was absolutely correct when he declared Maupin to be the Dickens of the modern world" -- Chuck Palahniuk
Series: Tales of the City
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd February 2014
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.38