28 Barbary Lane: The Tales of the City Omnibus (Books 1-3)

28 Barbary Lane: The Tales of the City Omnibus (Books 1-3)

by Armistead Maupin
     
 

"These novels are as difficult to put down as a dish of pistachios. The reader starts playing the old childhood game of 'Just one more chapter and I'll turn out the lights,' only to look up and discover it's after midnight."
— Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Overview

"These novels are as difficult to put down as a dish of pistachios. The reader starts playing the old childhood game of 'Just one more chapter and I'll turn out the lights,' only to look up and discover it's after midnight."
— Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Armistead Maupin's uproarious and moving Tales of the City novels—the first three of which are collected in the is omnibus edition—have earned a unique niche in American literature, not only as matchless entertainment, but as indelible documents of cultural change in the seventies and eighties.

When originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tales of the City (1978), More Tales of the City (1980) and Futher Tales of the City (1982) afforded a mainstream audience of millions its first exposure to straight and gay characters experiencing on equal terms the follies of urban life.

Among the cast of this groundbreaking saga are the lovelorn residents of 28 Barbary Lane: the bewildered but aspiring Mary Ann Singleton, the libidinous Brain Hawkins; Mona Ramsey, still in a sixties trance, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, forever in bright-eyed pursuit of Mr. Right; and their marijuana-growing landlady, the indefatigable Mrs. Madrigal.

Hurdling barriers both social and sexual, Maupin leads them through heartbreak and triumph, through mail-biting terrors and gleeful coincidences. The result is a glittering and addictive comedy of manners that continues to beguile new generations of readers.

With a foreword by the author.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
“These novels are as difficult to put down as a dish of pistachios. The reader starts playing the old childhood game of ‘Just one more chapter and I’ll turn out the lights,’ only to look up and discover it’s after midnight.”
Amy Tan
“An enormously talented writer—witty but always sympathetic, generous in showing us the secrets of his heart.... By writing about what’s seemingly different Armistead Maupin always manages to capture what’s so hilariously painfully true for all of us.”-
Salon
“Perhaps the most sublime piece of popular literature America has ever produced…. As with the Beatles, everyone seems to like Maupin’s tales—and really, why would you want to find someone who didn’t?”
Charles Solomon
These novels are as difficult to put down as a dish of pistachios. The reader starts playing the old childhood game of 'Just one more chapter and I'll turn out the lights,' only to look up and discover it's after midnight.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Peter Browne
Alarmingly addictive... combining the social awareness of '30something' with a 19-something sense of the ridiculous.
20/20
Book of Books
Hurdling barriers both social and sexual Maupin leads the lovelorn residents of 28 Barbary Lane through heartbreak and triumph, through nailbiting terrors and gleeful coincidences. The result is a glittering and addictive comedy of modern life, and an incomparable read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060164669
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1990
Series:
Tales of the City Series
Edition description:
3 books in one volume
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x (h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Armistead Maupin is the author of the nine-volume Tales of the City series, which includes Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn, and now The Days of Anna Madrigal. Maupin's other novels include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
May 13, 1944
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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