Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lucas on Maupin

"If you've read any of the Tales of the City novels then you owe it to yourself to read this one. I would recommend reading this book even if you've only read one or two books in the series. This is a story about everybody's favorite 70's gay boy thirty years later. It's a sweet and heartfelt presentation of what it is like to be an aging gay man. Once the glamor of whitey-tighty contests, drag shows, and all the other aspects of young & fabulous gay life in 1970's San Francisco has worn off, what's left? In Michael Tolliver's case, what's left includes a second chance at love, his biological family (no matter what, you can't get rid of them!), his logical family (as opposed to his biological family, who has rejected his homosexuality), and of course the city itself.

This story is about Michael coming to terms with the meaning of these different aspects of his life and realizing what it really is to be a 'man.' This story is told from a first person point of view (Michael Tolliver's) unlike the rest of the "Tales..." novels. Reading this book will solidify Michael Tolliver's place as the most memorable character from the series (sorry, Mary Anne and Mrs. Madrigal)."


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