The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin
A Novel

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"I'm a fabulist by trade," warns Gabriel Noone, a late-night radio storyteller, as he begins to untangle the skeins of his tumultuous life: his crumbling ten-year love affair, his disaffection from his Southern father, his longtime weakness for ignoring reality. Gabriel's most sympathetic listener is Pete Lomax, a thirteen-year-old fan in Wisconsin whose own horrific past has left him wise and generous beyond his years. But when this virtual father-son relationship is rocked by doubt, a desperate search for the truth ensues. Welcome to the complex, vertiginous world of The Night Listener.

 

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 October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 372 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The Guardian

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The Night Listener Armistead Maupin 344pp, Bantam £16.99 Buy it at BOL Armistead Maupin became famous through his Tales of the City, a series of books tracking the fortunes of a kooky and loveable bunch of San Francisco denizens through the 70s and 80s.

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The Guardian

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He has, though, contracted Aids, is dying, and while in hospital he has listened avidly to Gabriel Noone's Maupin-esque tales on the radio, a warm, humane, fatherly voice that 'often, though Pete knew better, seemed to be speaking to Pete alone.' Noone adopts Pete, or at least he does so on t...

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Publishers Weekly

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indeed, the books based on these weekly NPR broadcasts ""have never stopped selling."" But Gabriel is experiencing severe writer's block as he endures an emotional crisis triggered by the decision of Jess, his longtime male companion, to separate: ""I lost a vital engine I never even knew I had."...

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Publishers Weekly

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Maupin's most reflective, full-bodied and autobiographical novel yet begins with alter ego Gabriel Noone, author of the cult radio serial Noone at Night, facing two disruptions in his calm, settled life: his longtime lover, Jess, has moved out and Gabe has developed writer's block.

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Book Reporter

And so begins a series of daily phone calls between "Dad" Gabriel and the terribly ill Pete, with Gabriel becoming ever-more attached to the young wastrel he imagines on the other end of the line.

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Falling hard for the kid's hard-luck tale—and struck by the fine quality of his writing—Williams becomes a friend and benefactor, only reluctantly beginning to doubt when friends point out some inconsistencies in the Pete Logand story.

Aug 02 2006 | Read Full Review of The Night Listener: A Novel

Suite 101

As part of its continuing celebration of its centennial, Universal offers up the recently remastered Spielberg classic, and boy does it have teeth.

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Common Sense Media

At first they connect through the boy's manuscript, which he has submitted to Gabriel's publisher friend Ashe (Joe Morton), a story focused on his sexual abuse by adults.

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People

In his first novel in eight years, the author of the enormously popular Tales of the City series has created a protagonist not unlike himself.

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Austin Chronicle

When Pete's editor sends Noone a copy of Pete's book about his horrific life (yes, after all that, the kid can write about it), Noone is blown away by Pete's story and his ability to tell it after so much abuse.

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Slant Magazine

Given an autobiographical manuscript about childhood abuse, Noone, whose name holds the key to the central narrative secret, soon strikes up a telephone friendship with its writer, a dying 14-year-old named Pete (Rory Culkin) living in Wisconsin with his foster mother Donna (Toni Collette), thoug...

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