For more than three decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
Armistead Maupin is so perfect as the reader of his own stories, it's kind of a shame that most of his fans will read it rather than listen to his reading of it. Much of this small novel is a trip down memory lane, reintroducing the now aging characters of Maupin's Tales of the City series. But the last third of the book involves some surprising plot twists that make this story more substantial and much more moving than you would have expected from the first part. I always feel better about the world and our chances for happiness and fulfillment after a dose of Maupin and this audiobook is no exception.