The Days Of Anna Madrigal: A Novel

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The Days Of Anna Madrigal: A Novel

by Armistead Maupin

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 13, 2014 | Hardcover |

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Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin''s Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature''s most beloved and indelible characters-Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane-as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past.

Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his 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 Nevada''s Black Rock Desert where sixty thousand revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the sixteen-year-old boy she once was 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 to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

The ninth and final novel in Armistead Maupin''s classic Tales of the City series, The Days of Anna Madrigal is the triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlightened readers around the world since 1976.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: January 13, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062196243

ISBN - 13: 9780062196248

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The Days Of Anna Madrigal: A Novel

by Armistead Maupin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: January 13, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062196243

ISBN - 13: 9780062196248

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Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin''s Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature''s most beloved and indelible characters-Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane-as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past.

Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his 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 Nevada''s Black Rock Desert where sixty thousand revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the sixteen-year-old boy she once was 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 to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

The ninth and final novel in Armistead Maupin''s classic Tales of the City series, The Days of Anna Madrigal is the triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlightened readers around the world since 1976.

About the Author

Armistead Maupin, known for his popular series of stories called "Tales of the City," was born in 1944 in Washington D.C. and received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maupin describes himself in his early years as an archconservative, a republican, and a racist, who went to Vietnam in the late 1960's because he felt it was the right thing to do. In 1972, Maupin moved to San Francisco where his life changed dramatically. Surrounded by more accepting and tolerant people than he'd known growing up, he became open about his own homosexuality. His personal awakening sparked his interest in becoming a writer. "Tales of the City" began as a column for the San Francisco Chronicle. The series describes a group of characters that live together in a boarding house in San Francisco. The stories involve a variety of people, including male and female, gay and straight, and convey a social message of tolerance and honesty through their depiction of a life in which different types of people interact normally and naturally. The stories are humorous, touching, and sometimes satirical. Eventually, Maupin's Tales were collected into a series of six novels. In 1993, the British Broadcasting Company adapted them for a television series that aired on PBS in 1994. Armistead Maupin's other works include a novel entitled "Maybe the Moon," some pieces written for the theater, and articles and chapters contributed to several books and newspapers.

Editorial Reviews

"Wonderful . Maupin''s last novel in the (Tales of the City) series is as compulsively readable and endearing as all the previous novels have been."(Booklist (starred review))
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