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Suspenseful, comic, and touching, the ninth and final novel in Armistead Maupin’s bestselling Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane—on a road trip that will take her deep into her past.

Now a fragile ninety-two years old and committed to the notion of “leaving like a lady,” Anna Madrigal has seemingly found peace in the bosom of her “logical family” in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins; Brian’s daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

Some members of Anna’s family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada where sixty thousand revelers will build a temporary city (Michael calls it “a Fellini carnival on Mars”) designed to last only a week. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the sixteen-year-old boy she used to be ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression-era childhood, where she begins to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Days of Anna Madrigal is a genial fable. Like the earlier Tales, it’s riddled with outlandish coincidences and best enjoyed under the willing suspension of disbelief. Told in Maupin’s roving style—call it third-person kaleidoscope—the narrative braids Anna’s story, childhood flashbacks, and scenes of her adopted kin.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Maupin’s flare for dialogue and fully realized contemporary characterizations is again on display…A memorable, satisfying capstone to his series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For fans definitely, but anyone may enjoy the peek into Burning Man culture, as well as the intergenerational twining of the characters and seeing just how far we have come in accepting ourselves.”

    Library Journal

  • “Wonderful…Maupin’s last novel in the series is as compulsively readable and endearing as all the previous novels have been.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Maupin spins his usual good-hearted web of intrigues involving people who have created their own communities.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2014 Indie Next List
  • A January 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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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.