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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armistead Maupin Narrator: Armistead Maupin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of the City Series Release Date:
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Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer, and the world’s most beautiful fat woman.

Significant Others is Armistead Maupin’s cunningly observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His most skillful balancing act yet.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Ribald, rich, and sentimental.”

    Washington Post

  • “An unprecedented portrait of the agonies and absurdities of modern urban life.”

    Times (London)

  • “Comedy in its most classical form...some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “The color is wonderful, the line bold and flowing. It is also wise, witty, loving, and caring about the foibles and frailties we all seem to have.”

    David Hockney

  • “Maupin writes with a warmth and humor that is sorely missed in some recent gay novels having more overtly literary aspirations; his tales...are lit with a glowing humanity that brings each character to vivid, poignant life.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/12/2014

    " Feeling sad about having only one more left to read in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gretchen | 2/11/2014

    " I had the wonderful opportunity to read these books as they were published and I immediately fell in love will all the characters! So much so that I have read the series several times over the years. I agree with critics that these books are not "great literature" in a classic sense but they are great works of art that are an integral part of LBGTQ history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anton | 1/17/2014

    " It's a good think Maupin doesn't invest in absurd crimi plots... Not too much at least. Mary Ann is almost as absent as Mona and I didn't miss them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 1/14/2014

    " Fun but not a favorite in the series. We seem to be edging back to San Franscisco as the main location though and I'm pleased about that. "

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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.