The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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Now ninety-two, Mrs. Anna Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco. Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada where sixty thousand revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind. With her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets ...

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The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City Series #9)

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Overview

Now ninety-two, Mrs. Anna Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco. Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada where sixty thousand revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind. With her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Charles Isherwood
…for those who've followed these characters through the decades, [The Days of Anna Madrigal] provides a necessary valedictory lap: a final toke, if you will, on a literary joint that has provided a light, sweet high for a long time. Mr. Maupin's adeptness at fluid dialogue, his flair for shaping characters who thread the needle between pop archetypes and singular human beings, and his great gift for intricate if occasionally preposterous plotting are all on display…
Booklist (starred review)
“Wonderful … Maupin’s last novel in the (Tales of the City) series is as compulsively readable and endearing as all the previous novels have been.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062196309
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Series: Tales of the City Series , #9
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 76,764
  • File size: 392 KB

Meet the Author

Armistead  Maupin

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.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Disappointing

    For Anna Madrigal's near final gasp, this was very disappointing. Had loved all the other books and of course, the tv series. So guess I expected more of a punch!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    I was soooo looking forward to this book. All the characters are

    I was soooo looking forward to this book. All the characters are there but it just didn't have the same heart as all the others. If you've read all the others you can skip this one [in my opinion]

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    The latest (ninth) and, reportedly, last in the wonderful 'Tales

    The latest (ninth) and, reportedly, last in the wonderful 'Tales of The City' series, 'Days of Anna Madrigal' sees the benevolent and quirky former landlady of 28 Barbary Lane now aged 92, frail in body, but still alert in mind. The cast of surviving friends are here - Michael Tolliver, Brian Hawkins, Mary Ann Singleton - all older but still ready for an adventure. They join 60,000 revellers who build a city to last just a week in the desert.

    For Anna though, she has reached a point in her life when it's time to revisit her past, left behind 75 years earlier when, as a troubled and confused boy, something devastating happened which made her run away from the whorehouse run by her mother.

    Armistead Maupin's writing is, as always, sublime - with witty, quirky dialogue and scenes that make you laugh, or even cry. Meeting up with the characters again is like welcoming old friends back, and when I turned the final page, it was with a lump in my throat.

    Thoroughly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR AN ENDING..BITTERSWEET..

    THIS WAS SENT AS A GIFT..I KNOW THE PARTY WILL ENJOY IT AS SHE HAS THE SERIES ON TV AND BOOKS AFTER..

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Perfect book in a great series

    This was one of the most engaging reads in awhile. I felt like I was back at 28 Barbary Lane. I hope there will be another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Not a winner

    If you're not familiar with the precious " in" language of the gayoirsie, these frequent references may put you off. Disappointing end to a series I totally "got" and loved.

    L in Boston

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Wonderful as usual

    This is a satisfying end of a long running series that has touched hearts and taught people about long term disability from AIDS and gerontolgy. I have been a long term fan if this author since the series began and the miniseries was broadcast. These characters are my friends, my community, my relatives...

    Michael "Mouse" and his husband Ben, Anna Madrigal and her transexual friends and housemates all end up at Burning Man, an alternative long running concert. Anna and her friends return to her hometown to revist memories and "right wrongs". Since the characters are reaching the end of their lives, these issues are addressed openly as well.

    Maupin is one of my favorite contempary authors. His insights are always very well presented and with a great deal of humor. This is the 9th in a series originally set as six. Who knows...Anna might make centarian stages before it really ends. One can always hope

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    Another Masterpiece!

    I have been reading Armistead's works since he began in the 80's. They have only gotten better and better! I certainly hope taht he never stops!

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    For fans of "Tales of the City" a must but wonderful for anyone

    I have been a fan of Armistead Maupin and his books for a long time. I was first introduced to his style from a San Francisco paper. I literally couldn't wait for the next installments. I have read and re-read the whole series multiple times. He has wonderful way of writing where the characters live and feel like old friends. I know a good book when I start to slow myself as I near the end because I don't want it to be over and his works are ones I never wanted to end. I wanted to live at Barbary Lane with Mrs. Madrigal and still do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Days of Anna Madrigal

    Nice

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    With burbs like this who needs to read

    The book as they said it all what we really dont care for in our recreational reading thanks

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Kate

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Good book..

    Good book as it tied up loose ends with the characters as the previous two books had. But it didn't finish Anna's story, as the ending leaves open the door to speculation about what happened at Burning Man with Anna and with Michael's health. A worthy ending to a great book series.

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