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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (26 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: October 2009 ISBN: 9780061977411
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A fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San Francisco. Caught in the middle is their longtime friend, a gay man whose own future is even more uncertain. Wistful and compassionate, yet subversively funny, Sure of You could only come from Armistead Maupin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco…I know I’m not the only one who was up until 2 in the morning with Sure of You, promising myself to stop after just one more chapter.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A quietly understated small masterpiece.”

    USA Today

  • “An unprecedented portrait of the agonies and absurdities of modern urban life. The funniest series of novels currently in progress.”

    Times (London)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matty Smith | 2/17/2014

    " The campy wackiness found in the earlier books is pretty much gone but it's still great storytelling with characters you love, creating important and moving moments as they continue to grow up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/11/2014

    " Here is where Maupin starts to get all sentimental on us - and I just love it! We also get what the "Tales" books have never had before - a villian that we can boo and hiss at. And what do you know? It's Mary Ann! The book is a wonderful study in how relationships change and how we all develop over time. The Mary Ann in this book seems a million miles away from the young ingenue that we met in "Tales 1" and yet she IS one and the same. Michael really comes into his own in this book too; no longer an idealised Gay icon, but a real flesh and blood man with all the insecurities and conflicting loyalties that we all must contend with. The "Tales" books have come of age and just continue to get better from here on in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mace | 2/10/2014

    " This book was more grounded, and I liked it better because of it. Mary-Ann and Brian have really become unlikable but believable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/2/2014

    " I re-read this series about every 2 years or so. Never ceases to make me laugh or cry. I love all these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 1/31/2014

    " other reviewers on here have already said it: needed more plot, mary ann's actions weren't in character (debatable, admittedly-there were signs in the previous novel), needed more plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/14/2014

    " Much better than the previous book, in my opinion. Still very much a soap opera, and that's why I like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/2/2014

    " I can't give this a four star because Maupin has nearly killed off my favorite character. Maybe after I read "Michael Tolliver Lives" I'll be able to revise this rating to a four. Before that 2008 revelation though, I was heartbroken. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/24/2013

    " I was reminded of why I cared about these characters in the first place. What felt like a true tale told simply and well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 12/22/2013

    " this book wasn't quite as fun as the others. it ties everything up nicely but the story doesn't quite end happily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colima | 12/20/2013

    " Great ending to the series (6th of 6 in series) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 8/25/2013

    " The best way for newcomers to San Francisco to get to know and love the city. Highly entertaining series you won't be able to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 4/10/2013

    " See my review of this series under "Further Tales of the City" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Turnbull | 9/29/2012

    " While the first three books in the Tales in the City series were, for me, the best, there's something about a Maupin book that is like no other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kariann | 5/14/2012

    " This one is more somber as the characters of the series finally grow into adulthood and have to make adult choices. It's bittersweet but well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 3/6/2012

    " I enjoyed this a lot -- I hadn't seen any of the TV productions nor read any of the books since the very first series on PBS -- and Maupin hadn't lost his touch! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/18/2012

    " An easy read, that brings back lots of the memories of the first four times I read the Tales of the City series. Doesn't quite scratch the itch, but it's nice to catch up with some old "friends"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matty | 5/16/2011

    " The campy wackiness found in the earlier books is pretty much gone but it's still great storytelling with characters you love, creating important and moving moments as they continue to grow up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 4/17/2011

    " I love this series. This book was more melancholy than the others. It made me sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/18/2011

    " More fun with the weirdos of San Francisco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/15/2010

    " My favorite in the series since the first TOTC book. More character development than crazy story lines (which I still love in the other books!), and realistic in how people change and grow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/29/2010

    " Il était temps que ça se termine. L'ensemble tournait en rond. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/15/2010

    " Fantastic, but goddamn it Mary Ann is a bitch. We'll see how I feel about her after I read the new book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuel | 9/2/2010

    " more drama than anything on bravo "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dvora | 8/28/2010

    " I liked the the first two or three of the series better, but this one was still fun to read and better than the one where the women are camped near the what-cha-ma-call it Grove -- the Men's exclusive hideaway. Didn't care much for that one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Géraldine | 2/28/2010

    " Comme un feuilleton télé mais en livre ;)J'ai préféré le 1er et le 7e mais il faut aimer.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stig | 9/24/2009

    " So here we are, with what was presumably meant to be the last book in the Tales of the City series, and it wraps everything up quite nicely, although I am enough of a softie to could have wished for a happier ending. Another excellent read. "

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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.