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. Download and start listening now!