Mary Ann in Autumn
The brilliant new episode in the magical 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 gay 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 57, 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 speckled past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined.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.Over three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's legendary Tales Of The City series rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight, compassion and mordant wit.
"Old friends, good times and a powerful conclusion: Maupin feels the love and shares it with his readers" - Financial Times
"The cultural references are still fresh...The characters still compelling" - Independent on Sunday
"The kind of writer who doesn't have readers so much as devotees...Maupin at his rapturous best" - Guardian
"Like slipping into a warm, scented bath. Maupin's back, with an eighth instalment of his lovely Tales of the City series...Lie back and enjoy" - The Times
"Those who loved the last book will rejoice in the fact that Maupin hasn't finished with these much-loved characters yet. More please." - Time Out
"It's a joy to be reunited with the Barbary Lane family." - Elle Magazine
"This novel is extremely good...There is warm-heartedness, spirit and elan here...Fans will be delighted" - Independent
"As salty as ever, with breezy, brazen love-lives rubbing up against darker material" - Saturday Guardian
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, The Night Listener, Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Ann in Autumn. 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.com