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The characters that filled the pages of the three earlier "Tales of the City" books with love and laughter are at it again, as an ordinary house-husband and his ambitious wife discover there's more to making a baby than meets the eye. Unexpected help arrives in the form of a British monarch, a grieving gay neighbour, and an international ring of mail-order brides. Armistead Maupin has written a comedy of manners for our times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552998796
ISBN-10: 0552998796
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » More campy sit-com and soap from San Francisco - as Maupin (Tales of the City, More Tales, Further Tales) continues the sigh-and-giggle adventures of gay Michael, a.k.a. "Mouse," and his best pal, TV-newscaster Mary Ann, a.k.a. "Babycakes." Michael, still grieving over the AIDS death of a lover-turned-soulmate, is gloomy and celibate these days; so Mary Ann urges him to take a trip to London - where he can stay in the empty apartment of their new acquaintance Simon, a smoothly handsome Britisher (he once double-dated with Lady Di) who has fled from his official duties aboard the yacht of Queen Elizabeth II (who's visiting S.F.). London's something of a disappointment, however: Simon's apartment is a slummy mess, the gay-bar scene is depressing, Michael still recoils from sex (despite soulful advances from teenager Wilfred). And then, after witnessing a cartoonish murder and discovering the truth about Simon's parentage, Michael gets yet another shock: he spots old lesbian pal Mona - and laboriously trails her to a country-house where she's about to enter a lucrative marriage-of-convenience with young Lord Roughton, the one "with substantial gold tit rings in both his nipples." (Lord R. wants to become a US citizen, free to "wag weenie" in San Francisco.) Meanwhile, what's with Mary Ann back home? Well, she's finally decided to go ahead and get pregnant, largely to please husband Brian - only to discover that Brian (who's in the dark) is sterile. The solution: fertilization by dear Simon, who's staying in Michael's apartment - resulting in great sex for Mary Ann, hurt feelings for Simon, rage for Brian (who's been resisting seduction by "rock widow" Theresa). . . but no pregnancy. So there won't be a happy ending till one of Mary Ann's pals conveniently dies in childbirth, providing a baby for the couple by the time Michael comes home from England. With the usual sort of jokes (Calvin Klein Condoms, the state of lesbian life in Seattle) and the usual bitchy/maudlin, preachy/vulgar mixture of tones: a hard-working sequel for readers already devoted to Mouse, Babycakes, their transsexual landlady, and the rest of the Russian Hill crowd. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944 but was brought up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in Vietnam before moving to California in 1971 as a reporter for the Associated Press. In 1976 he launched his daily newspaper serial, Tales of the City, in the San Francisco Chronicle. The first fiction to appear in an American daily for decades, Tales grew into an international sensation when compiled and rewritten as novels. Maupin's six-volume Tales of the City sequence - Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others and Sure of You - are now multi-million bestsellers published around the world. He is also the author of two other bestselling novels, Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener, which was recently made into a film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. He lives in San Francisco, California. Official Author Web Site: www.ArmisteadMaupin.com

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