Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin’s first novel since ending his bestselling Tales of the City series, is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth—Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast, and former Guinness Book record holder as the world’s shortest woman.
At thirty-one inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where—as she says—“you can die of encouragement.” Her early starring role as a lovable elf in a popular American film proved a major disappointment—and after a decade of hollow promises from the industry, she is reduced to performing at birthday parties and bat mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that will finally make her a star.
In a series of mordantly funny journal entries, Maupin tracks his spunky heroine across the saffron-hazed wasteland of Los Angeles—from her all-too-infrequent meetings with agents and studio moguls to her regular harrowing encounters with small children, large dogs, and human ignorance. But when a lanky piano player saunters into her life, Cady finds herself going for broke, shooting the moon with a scheme so harebrained and daring that it just might succeed. Her accomplice in the venture is her best friend, Jeff, a gay waiter who sees Cady’s struggle for visibility as a natural extension of his own war against the Hollywood closet.
As clear-eyed as it is charming, Maybe the Moon is a modern parable about the mythology of the movies and the toll it exacts from its participants on both sides of the screen. It is a work that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a perspective rarely found in literature.
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