Mary Ann in Autumn : Tales of the City

  • by Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by Armistead Maupin
  • Series: Tales of the City
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and touching new installment of Armistead Maupin's beloved Tales of the City series.
Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream 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, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband.
Mary Ann finds temporary refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes. Soon, with the help of Facebook and a few old friends, she begins to reengage with life, only to confront fresh terrors when her checkered past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined.
After the intimate first-person narrative of Maupin's last novel, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn marks the author's return to the multicharacter plotlines and darkly comic themes of his earlier work. Among those caught in Mary Ann's orbit are her estranged daughter, Shawna, a popular sex blogger; Jake Greenleaf, Michael's transgendered gardening assistant; socialite DeDe Halcyon-Wilson; and the indefatigable Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann's former landlady at 28 Barbary Lane.
More than three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's legendary Tales of the City series 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.

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Customer Reviews

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Loved it

Another brilliant listen, I have loved every one in this series and the characters all feel like friends. Mary Ann is probably my least favourite character but loved it none the less.
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- Mrs K

It all comes full circle

Would you consider the audio edition of Mary Ann in Autumn to be better than the print version?

No, for the simple reason I would have loved to have Laura Linney reading this book. Saying that I love Armistead Maupin and like that the author is reading the book.


What other book might you compare Mary Ann in Autumn to, and why?

Every other Armistead Maupin book. They all have that warm inclusive feel, and centre on the Logical family. You finish these books wishing to be part of the family that these people have created for each other.


What does Armistead Maupin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I've met Armistead Maupin a couple of times during his books signings. He is very charming and incredibly witty and it is nice to have his voice on the audio books.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and No, I wanted to keep on listening, but I had to pace myself. I always wish I had enjoyed reading the book at a leisurely pace and not rushed to next chapter.


Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with these books, they are warm and funny. They always leave me feeling better.

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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio