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“What a delight to discover a new Tales of the City novel continuing Armistead Maupin's saga of larger-than-life characters: lesbians DeDe and D'oro, transgendereds Jake and Anna, newlyweds Michael and Ben, and sex blogger Shawna. Mary Ann had left San Francisco for a television career in New York City but she returns looking for solace from the friends she left behind. What a beautiful world it would be if we all had the compassion and acceptance of others that Maupin's characters display!”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Following the success of the New York Times bestseller Michael Tolliver Lives, a poignant new chapter in the Tales of the City series that shines a spotlight on the woman at the center of Armistead Maupin's beloved fictional universe: Mary Ann Singleton.Over twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco for the allure of a television career in New York. Now, a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her oldest friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, newly wed and happily ensconced with a much-younger husband.Grateful for the temporary refuge their garden cottage offers, Mary Ann, now at the unnerving age of fifty-seven, licks her wounds and begins to take stock of her mistakes. Soon, with the help of the Internet and a few old friends, she begins to reengage with life, only to confront fresh terrors when--out of the virtual blue--her speckled past comes back to haunt her in an unexpected way.Caught in her orbit are a cast of intriguing players whose stories play out against her own: her estranged daughter, Shawna, a popular sex blogger; Jake Greenleaf, Michael's transgendered gardening assistant; socialite DeDe Halcyon Wilson and her wife D'orothea; and the legendary Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann's former landlady at 28 Barbary Lane.Over three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's San Francisco saga rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent, and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight, compassion and mordant wit.