Michael Tolliver Lives (P.S. Series)
Book: Michael Tolliver Lives (P.S. Series) , by Armistead Maupin, ISBN10: 0060761369, ISBN13: 9780060761363, HarperCollins Publishers, May 2008, Paperback
During the 70s and 80s, Armistead Maupin introduced the world to the diverse inhabitants of 28 Barbary Lane in his pioneering serial, Tales of the City. The serial went on to spawn a successful succession of books and television miniseries. Although Maupin brought an end to Tales of the City in 1989, he continues to write non-series novels, such as Maybe the Moon and the riveting The Night Listener.
Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his ground-breaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the fifty-five-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.
Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life, the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest of times. Michael Tolliver Lives follows its protagonist as he finds love with a younger man, attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once his landlady.
Though this is a stand-alone novel--accessible to fans of Tales of the City and new readers alike--a reassuring number of familiar faces appear along the way. As usual, the author's mordant wit and ear for pitch-perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story--from the bawdy to the bittersweet. Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible.
The New York Times - David Leavitt
… the book is great fun to read. Maupin is a master at sustained and sustaining comic turns. Of these, my favorite is probably the story of Carlotta. Carlotta, to be precise, is the name Mike and Ben have given to the voice in which their Toyota Prius s navigation system gives them directions: female, elegant and a little bossy. On a trip through the Southwest, Ben, noticing a chill in the air, tells Carlotta, Seventy-two degrees. She answers that there is no fifth destination. Realizing Carlotta must have misunderstood him, Ben asks: If that s the answer, what s the question?
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