Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel

By Armistead Maupin

“An drastically proficient author. . . . by way of writing approximately what’s doubtless varied, Armistead Maupin continually manages to seize what’s so hilariously, painfully real for all of us.” —Amy Tan, writer of The Bonesetter’s Daughter

“Maupin writes with heat, acuity and super wit. . . . learn him.” —Publishers Weekly

Following the luck of his New York occasions bestseller Michael Tolliver Lives, Armistead Maupin’s Mary Ann in Autumn is a touching portrait of friendship, kinfolk, and clean starts off, because the urban by way of the Bay welcomes again Mary Ann Singleton, the liked Tales of the City heroine who begun all of it. a brand new bankruptcy starts within the lives of either Mary Ann and Michael “Mouse” Tolliver whilst she returns to San Francisco to rejoin her oldest pal after years in ny City…the reunion that lovers of Maupin’s loved stories of the town sequence were looking ahead to for years.

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Will the surgical procedure look after it? The melanoma, I suggest? ” “They won’t understand until eventually they . . . get in there. ” Ben laid his hand on Michael’s knee, signaling the top of the dialogue, then stood up. “Call her, then . . . until you’ve already agreed to it. ” His husband shook his head. “I used to be ready to listen to from you. ” That needed to be under the reality, yet Ben favored the trouble. whereas MICHAEL used to be within the bed room chatting with Mary Ann on his cellular phone, Ben gave the cottage a once-over in training for her arrival. The sheets at the mattress had now not been replaced given that a few associates from Nevada urban had crashed there over Halloween, so there have been nonetheless strains of eco-friendly Hulk make-up at the pillowcase. Ben stripped the mattress, then hauled every thing to the laundry room ahead of tackling the cramped cottage rest room. the bathroom and sink have been quite fresh, however the flooring of the fiberglass bathe stall was once tinted a similar lurid eco-friendly because the pillowcase. He received on his knees and scrubbed it ferociously—a little tougher than wanted, in fact—while he fretted over the ocean switch that will quickly be coming to their household existence. He valued their day-by-day rituals and richly deserved independence and, frankly, didn’t wish them fucked with. He knew that used to be egocentric, and that charity, accordingly, actually all started at domestic, yet he couldn’t shake the ungenerous feeling that somebody had simply stolen his husband. again on the residence, he came upon Michael stuffing the sheets into the washing machine. “I’ll get that,” Ben instructed him, already attempting to make amends for his options. “That’s ok. I’ve acquired it. ” “If you wish Clorox, it’s at the most sensible shelf. ” “Great. ” “Where is that fancy goat cleaning soap the 2 Susies gave us for Christmas final yr? i presumed lets positioned it in her rest room. ” Michael grew to become and gave him a sleepy, appreciative stoner smile. THAT evening, AFTER CATCHING inscrutable episodes of misplaced on Apple television, they became in prior to ordinary, leaving the lighting on for some time as they scratched Roman’s stomach in unison. The puppy was once sprawled among them, darkish limbs flopping, as immense and goofy as a chimpanzee. For Ben, the instant had a wistful caliber, considering that this comfortable family will be altered dramatically come morning, while their visitor could go back along with her dear baggage. there has been no element in kidding himself; he could simply need to make the simplest of it and settle for this altered fact as anything that mattered to Michael. “Where did you meet her back? ” Ben requested, attempting to take an curiosity. “At Anna’s condominium condo? ” “Mmm. good . . . truly . . . the 1st time was once on the Marina Safeway. She attempted to choose up a boyfriend of mine. ” Ben wrinkled his nostril. “While you have been there? ” “I used to be . . . you recognize, in different places within the shop. She regarded overwhelmed while I confirmed up, negative factor. She had her center set on him. ” “Was she simply clueless? Or used to be he quite butch? ” “Butcher than me, you suggest? ” Michael grinned. “Still is, to inform you the reality. He used to be a Marine recruiter. I observed him on the Alameda Flea marketplace many years again. He nonetheless appears beautiful strong.

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