Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin
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Nearly two decades after ending his groundbreaking Tales of the City saga of San Francisco life, Armistead Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero Michael Tolliver—the fifty-five-year-old sweet-spirited gardener and survivor of the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers—for a single day at once mundane and extraordinary . . . and filled with the everyday miracles of living.

 

About Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin is the author of Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and the bestselling Tales of the City series. A new musical based on the first two Tales novels premiered at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in the summer of 2011. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.
 
Published June 18, 2007 by Doubleday. 288 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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(Back when Michael thought he was going to die, he decided he’d rather plant gardens.) Brian’s ex Mary Ann, a fellow alum of 28 Barbary Lane, long ago decamped for Connecticut and a stockbroker husband, but their daughter Shawna carries on the San Francisco bohemian tradition as a cheerfully bise...

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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 answ...

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The Guardian

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Ben (a humpy 33-year-old furniture maker - so good with his hands) is impossibly devoted, endlessly good-humoured, drop-dead gorgeous and - you guessed it - a gerontophile.

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The Guardian

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In this book, the only coincidence of any size is that the man Michael and Ben pick up for a threesome turns out to be Michael's mother's hairdresser and, considering that the hairdresser was looking out for him, that is not much of a coincidence either.

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BC Books

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Over the course of six novels set in San Francisco, collectively referred to as The Tales Of The City Series, he charted the lives of a group of gay and straight friends as they revelled in the good times and suffered through the hard times, just like anyone else.

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Book Reporter

But this ending, like Michael's life, turns out to be neither somber nor tragic --- instead, older, wiser and very much alive, Michael's story brings a note of hopeful optimism to the culmination of this beloved series.

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The Bookbag

Michael - and Maupin - are September boys now and Michael Tolliver Lives reflects this.

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Curious Book Fans

AIDS itself was not reported in California until 3 years after the first of Maupin’s books so the first six books carry a sense of time and place that’s rarely been captured so quickly in the written form.The early volumes record a period of wild reckless sexual abandon, the middle ones capture t...

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EDGE Boston

When Michael Tolliver & Ben (the boyfriend) visit his Christian sister-in-law & husband in Orlando, where Mom is dying in a religious nursing home, it’s almost a relief for Michael (and the reader) to get away from the hothouse atmosphere on the Coast--even though he hardly sees it that way.

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