November 16th, 2007


Armistead Maupin – Tales of the city

Armistead Maupin – Tales of the city (07-049)

Written in 1978, this is chick lit avant la lettre. Though it was written by a man, it has all the signs of the genre. It didn’t surprise me therefore, reading, after the book itself, that the author lives in San Francisco with a boyfriend. Too many gay characters, too much inside information from the scene in the city he lives in, too effeminate writing style.

The story is simple; Mary Ann Singleton goes on a west coast holiday, enjoys it, decides to stay and phones home (east) to tell them she’s not coming back to work. From there the soap starts. Find work, a home, love and adapt to the new lifestyle, one could easily imagine this book to be a real soap for bored housewives.

I for one wasn’t really impressed. But it did help me pass time on a long flight, which is worth something I believe.

Number: 07-049
Title: Tales of the city
Author: Armistead Maupin
Language: English (US)
Year: 1978
# Pages: 269 (8663)
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 0-552-99384-0