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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 Guiness Book record holder as the world's shortest woman.

All of 31 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 an immensely popular American film proved a major disappointment, since moviegoers never saw the face behind the stifling rubber suit she was required to wear. Now, 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. Then one day a lanky piano player saunters into Cady's life, unleashing heady new emotions, and she 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 it 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. Download and start listening now!


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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