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

Wonderful to be have them back!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely. I absolutely loved this audiobook. It was great to catch up with what the ex Barbary Lane residents had been doing since the last Tales book 'Michael Tolliver Lives'. I would suggest though that if you are new to the 'Tales of the City' series you start at the beginning.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Mary Ann in Autumn?

No stand out moment but I guess the ending made me feel a little emotional !


Have you listened to any of Armistead Maupin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to Maupin as a narrator. I was a little concerned as I have loved the variety of narrators used on the Tales series and don't often like authors narrating their own work. However, Maupin is absolutely fantastic and brings all of the characters to life.


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

Not quite but I did finish it over the course of 3 days and was keen to keep listening.


Any additional comments?

If you've never read the 'Tales of the City' series you are missing out on a real treat. Start from the beginning and enjoy!

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- Saffy

Book Details

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