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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armistead Maupin Narrator: Armistead Maupin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of the City Series Release Date:
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Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.

Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life, the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest of times. Michael Tolliver Lives follows its protagonist as he finds love with a younger man, attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once his landlady.

While Michael Tolliver Lives is a stand alone novel, accessible to old and new readers alike, a reassuring number of familiar faces appear along the way. As usual, the author's mordant wit and ear for pitch-perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story—from the bawdy to the bittersweet. Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rendered with balance, good humor, and compassion…Maupin is a master.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Great fun to read. Maupin is a master at sustained and sustaining comic turns.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] charming, heartwarming novel…sweet without being sappy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Cheerful and reassuring…all good fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven Way | 2/19/2014

    " A definite and enjoyable read for Tales of the City fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/9/2014

    " Another great Julia Glass tale. Great characters, a bit of a mystery that comes undone like a Doonesbury cartoon, but all-in-all, a satisfying, well-written story, whose author looks with a keen eye and sympathy on our human quirks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Connie | 1/30/2014

    " Armistead Maupin pours so much of himself into Michael Tolliver that comparing the Tolliver of the 70s to Mouse now can serve as a review between two different eras. If Maupin's earlier writing seemed daredevilishly humourous, then his later novels are more reminiscent and thought-provoking. Another later Maupin must-read is "The Night Listener." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ricardo | 1/28/2014

    " Not the best of Maupin's series, but still, excellent reading. He has the magic necessary to bring characters to life and to put into words those thoughts that even ourselves cannot express "

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About the Author
Author Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin 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. Maupin 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. Maupin is the author of numerous novels, including the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and Michael Tolliver Lives. 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. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.