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"Significant Others", the fifth self-contained chronicle in the "Tales of the City" saga, is a cunningly observed class comedy that's sure to be relished by the cognoscenti and by new readers alike. A holiday in the redwoods goes uproariously awry when the opposing sexes camp out rather too close to each other for comfort. Among those entangled in the mayhem are DeDe Halcyon, reformed debutante, troubled house-husband Brian Hawkins, and the irrepressible Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver (arguably Maupin's most beloved creation).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552998802
ISBN-10: 055299880X
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


US Kirkus Review » Volume five of Maupin's affectionate gay sitcom (Tales of the City, More Tales, etc.) sends the by-now-familiar San Francisco crew up to the Russian River for some country R&R. AIDS casts the one dark shadow - this time straights are hit - but otherwise this spoof on California mores and trends remains a skillfully light, if unsurprising, page-turner. The guest star is the very large model Wren Douglas, America's favorite 200-pound sex object, who arrives in S.F. on a book tour to appear on Mary Ann's (a series regular) TV talk show. Suffering tour burnout, Wren sneaks up to the woods as a paid concubine for 71-year-old "aluminum honeycomb" magnate Booter Manigault, who is at an exclusive camp for some Republican male bonding, Unknown to Booter, however, his lesbian daughter-in-law is downriver with her lover and children (Maupin does overwork his lesbian separatists as goose-stompers material). Also in the neighborhood is series mainstay Michael, or "Mouse," who comforts straight friend Brian (Mary Ann's househusband), who fears he may have AIDS from a now-dying mistress. Maupin stocks the book with reassuring what-are-friends-for conversations. The story peaks with Michael falling in love with an out-of-town visitor while on an amusing manhunt for Booter, who's held prisoner by a Wimminwood extremist, a Stayfree maxipad taped over his mouth. Trends move faster than writers and publishers, of course, so some targets are dated here, but, all in all, there are more hits than misses. Maupin fans, in any case, should be happily satisfied. (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:

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