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  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (21 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062196243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062196248
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most acclaimed sagas of our time...A celebration of life in all its craziness...As good as anything Maupin has offered us" -- John Sutherland The Times "The brilliance of Maupin is his mingling of high camp with tragedy and deep feeling - all with a miraculously light touch" -- Daily Mail Wendy Holden "A proper Maupin-esque swansong - moving, funny and obscene. We expect nothing less" -- Isabel Berwick Financial Times "Christopher Isherwood was absolutely correct when he declared Maupin to be the Dickens of the modern world" -- Chuck Palahniuk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The long-awaited new novel in the internationally bestselling Tales of the City sequence --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Cavendish on 9 Feb. 2014
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew London on 5 Feb. 2014
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as preparation for this final book in the series i reread the two most recent books and was surprised how much more i adored them this time around, if you are new to the books, then you have to start at the beginning to fully get into this wonderful saga of Annas logical family.
The latest book is a fittingly perfect way to end the series although lets hope Mr Maupin decides to add more very soon, as the newer characters are just as great as the old originals. Its wonderful to catch up with them and their lives and in this book some names from the past reappear, and we finally get to find out about Anna's childhood growing up at the Blue Moon Lodge as she confronts the secrets she ran away from.
The book had me laughing and crying and i couldnt put it down until it was finished, highly recommended (in fact essential reading for fans) its beautifully written, uplifting and charming, and about people who utterly understand giving and receiving love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL BOSAZZA on 4 Mar. 2014
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I have been a fan of Tales of the City since they were published. I have reread them many times. I enjoyed The Days of Anna Madrigal very much, reading it in one sitting but with a sense of melancholy which I suppose has also been there since Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Anne in the Autumn. Perhaps it is a melancholy for the passing of time. Otherwise it would have earned five stars.
Maupin creates characters that you know and care about. Their foibles and weaknesses you understand and matter to you. their dreams are often yours too. Anna Madrigal is as enchanting as she ever was. it is a privilege to have known her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brown on 27 Mar. 2014
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Fans of the Tales series will devour this book and be happy. For others, like myself, who have not read the previous books in the series, but remember the TV adaptation - how ground breaking that was, how exhilarating to watch during a time of repression! - how does this novel, the ninth in the series, stand alone as a complete novel in its own right? I think it does, not least because we are now far removed from Barbary Lane in time and place: most of its characters have aged so much or changed or died, that we are in a different world. Some of them are still there, of course: Brian, Michael, Mary Anne, and Anna Madrigal herself. These characters connect us to previous episodes, acting like an echo chamber in one's memory; but it is Anna who holds it all together - she sits, even at the age of 92, at the centre of her 'logical family', the greatly loved, even revered, matriarch of them all, just as she sits at the heart of this book. She is surely one of modern literature's greatest character creations.

Brian, his new wife Wren and Anna travel in Brian's RV back to Winnemucca where Anna was brought up, where she has a ghost to lay from her adolescence. The story of that distant time is told in separate chapter flashbacks; it is one of complex betrayal that leads to tragedy and scars Anna for life. It shines a light in a dark corner of Anna's mysterious heart. Once she's laid this ghost to rest, the three of them travel on to the Burning Man alternative arts festival, to meet up with Jake, her young TS carer, his new boyfriend Amos, Shawna (once adopted by Mary Ann and Brian), Michael, now in his 60s, and his young husband Ben.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Webster on 10 Feb. 2014
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Reading The Days of Anna Madrigal was like attending a family reunion. Armistead brings us bang up-to-date with our favourite ex inhabitants of Barbery Lane. A fitting g farewell to Mrs Madrigal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy C on 14 July 2014
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Very much an after thought to the series. There is pleasure to be had from meeting all the characters we have loved from previous adventures, but unfortunately I felt the melancholy/reflective mood of this book left Mr Maupin's lazy plotting and strained dialogue exposed. This series has always traded on placing it's cast in ridiculously contrived situations and here there is certainly no shortage of those. The difference I think, is that while in past books, we related to the youth and exuberance of the majority of the characters and forgave their foibles and where their stupid decisions lead them; here our points of reference are much older, supposedly wiser and frankly a little dull. The trials and stresses of younger cast are simply not believable enough to hold the attention of the now more mature reader.
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