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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,768 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armistead Maupin Narrator: Armistead Maupin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly funny and deeply poignant…Maupin sounds the feminine side of his psyche with a heartfelt resonance that few male writers ever accomplish.”

    Boston Herald

  • “Scathingly funny, haunting…Maupin enlightens, entertains and perhaps even empowers his readers.”

    Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • “One of the ten best books of the year.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Maupin uses a uniform tone in telling the story of Cadence Roth—a once-famous but now forgotten actress. His lethargic, deadpan delivery makes Cadence’s cynical attitude delightfully amusing.”


  • AnEntertainment Weekly Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynn | 2/7/2014

    " This one started well, but tended to 'lose' me about half way through. I really enjoyed Maupin's earlier 'Tales of the City' and perhaps my enjoyment of this one was tempered by my fond memories of his earlier work. Maybe though, I just found it hard to relate to the adventures of a dwarf singing star in Hollywood! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by nancy | 2/6/2014

    " Found a copy of this at a hostel in Italy and tore through it in one day. I've never read anything by Armistead Maupin before, which now seems absolutely absurd given how much I enjoyed this book. Will now spend the rest of the summer reading his Tales of the City books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly B | 2/5/2014

    " It's been a long time since I've read a "normal" novel (i.e. no paranormal aspects, no zombies or other creatures, no magic, and set in current time). I happened to come across this book in a used book store and thought I'd give it a try. It is the story of Cadence Roth, a dwarf trying to revive her acting career in Hollywood. She and her group of friends all feel like real people with real relationships and genuine love for one another. I really enjoyed the diaglogue; it was funny and gave me the feeling I was watching a movie (which is sort of how the story is set up). This book has led me to explore more of Maupin's books, so now I'm reading Tales of the City! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerfe | 2/4/2014

    " The diary/story of 34" Cady Roth and her life on the edge of Hollywood, is really about accepting your limitations without letting them define you. There was a slow part in the middle, but overall, the engaging story, the complicated relationships, the humor, and the clear-eyed cynicism of Cady's voice made it a worth-while read. "

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