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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armistead Maupin Narrator: Armistead Maupin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Tales of the City Series Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780062007131
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A hilarious and touching new installment of Armistead Maupin's beloved 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 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 fifty-seven, 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 checkered past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined.

After the intimate first-person narrative of Maupin's last novel, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn marks the author's return to the multicharacter plotlines and darkly comic themes of his earlier work. 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.

More than 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tenderhearted and frolicsome…Maupin has built Mary Ann a solid narrative, has given her not only a story, but an entire life. Mary Ann’s is a tale of long-lost friends and unrealized dreams, of fear and regret, of penance and redemption—and of the unshakable sense that this world we love, this life we live, this drama in which we all play a part, does indeed go by much too fast.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Mary Ann slips right back into the warm, bantering world of [Armistead Maupin’s] earlier books. All his kale-eating, sustainable-gardening, Snuggie-joke-making characters are familiar, even if this is your first go-around with them.”

    New York Times

  • “As ever, Maupin’s edgy wit energizes the layered story lines. His keen eye for irony and human foible is balanced by an innate compassion in this examination of the life of a woman of a certain age.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The graying of the Tales of the City cast won’t sadden readers. This affectionate novel, with its carefully unfolding story line (and perfect ending), will work its warmth and charm.”


  • “Revisiting the characters from Maupin’s beloved Tales of the City series is like reconnecting with old friends…This series still resonates with humor, whether dealing with the practicalities of everyday life or the realities of aging and health-related issues. Maupin himself reads, and reads well, leaving listeners yearning for even more. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DeAnna | 6/27/2011

    " I adore every single thing that Armistead Maupin writes! I was so excited when he came out with another addition to his Tales of the City series.
    It's like meeting up with old friends again and I loved every moment.
    These are the books that I can and will read over and over again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/19/2011

    " It was ok - some things included that really didn't need to move the story along (Ben and the YMCA scene) but overall was a nice summer read. Mary Ann still is, to my mind, a beatch on wheels but hey, that's part of the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myrna | 6/19/2011

    " The first I have read in the on-going tales in San Francisco. Fun to read due to the familiarity w/the area.
    Rather humorous and the characters are indeed, unique. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/12/2011

    " The 8th. Ook in the Tales of the City series brings Mary Ann back to San Francisco. Last time we saw her she had become pretty unlikable, but this book brings her some redemption.

    Maupin is so god with character and doesn't disappoint. The only downside was finishing so quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/12/2011

    " The Tales of the City are fun to read. Maupin does a wonderful job creating a sense of place and characters we can't help but like.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 6/5/2011

    " Loved all the Tales of the City Books, but loved the plot twists in this one. THe surprise appearance of a character whom all assumed was long gone made this one expecially exciting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djinnaya | 6/3/2011

    " So much fun! It may be a little bit predictable, but it is full of the little SF secrets and stories that make his writing so much fun. Hooray! Now, I want to go back and re-read all the earlier ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/2/2011

    " I haven't read a Tales of the City book in ages...loved getting back into their lives and catching up. I'm a fan of Armistead Maupin, so I was destined to enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/30/2011

    " Nice but subtle addition to the "Tales of the City" group. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 5/29/2011

    " Lovable characters in an interesting story. "

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About the Author
Author Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin is the author of numerous novels, including the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and Michael Tolliver Lives. His novels Sure of You and The Days of Anna Madrigal made the New York Times bestsellers list. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three novels in the Tales series. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. He was born in Washington, DC, 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. He worked briefly as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971.