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Significant Others (Tales of the City) [Paperback]

Armistead Maupin
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1989 Tales of the City

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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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld publishers(Black Swan Bks)London; New Ed edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055299880X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552998802
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Maupin is a richly gifted comic author... there is room in Armistead Maupin's universe for all of us" (Observer)

"Comedy in its most classical form... some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read" (Jonathan Coe Guardian)

"San Francisco is fortunate in having a chronicler as witty and likeable as Armistead Maupin" (Independent)

"Like those of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Armistead Maupin's novels have all appeared originally as serials... it is the strength of this approach, with its fantastic adventures and astonishingly contrived coincidences, that makes these novels charming and compelling" (Literary Review)

"Wise, witty, loving and caring about the foibles and frailties we all seem to have" (David Hockney)

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The fifth volume in the acclaimed Tales of the City series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy in book form, a joy. 19 Nov 2013
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My bestest friend in the whole wide world kept this little secret hidden from me for over 13 years. I recently had to go into hospital for a major operation and she bought me the first three Tales of the City books to read whilst recuperating. Six weeks later I have now read 6 of the sequence, am in the middle of "Michael Tolliver Lives", have one more to go before having to wait in rabid anticipation for the final instalment, "The Days of Anna Madrigal" to be published in January 2014. I purchased "Significant Others" on Kindle because I'd just finished the "Babycakes" paperback and couldn't wait to go to the shop the next day. Albeit slightly the fault of my so called bestest friend in the whole wide world, but I can't believe it took me so long to find Mike, Anna, Brian, Mary Ann, DeDe et al, but my goodness, don't I feel blessed. If you are searching for a little solace and comfort, with friends who will love you no matter who you are and what you do, who will take the fear away and help you realise that everything is going to be OK, then pick up Tales of the City - start on page one and enjoy. It's a book romance you will never forget. Don't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maupin! 23 Mar 2013
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Another slice of quiet wit and beautifully staged characters, don't miss out get into Maupin now you won't regret it
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5.0 out of 5 stars And Addition to Those Tales from the City 9 Feb 2013
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I was a great fan of Armistead Maupin's Tales from the City and its sequels, capturing as they did the 80s and beyond of the San Francisco alternative and gay scenes. Glad to be able to buy a new edition to revisit those times. These are soap operas in a way, but so entertaining and witty. I think reading Maupin, at his most light-hearted, is like reading a lovely gossipy letter from a friend. Easy reading, and that's no small recommendation. It takes talent to make prose so smooth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues... 12 Mar 2010
Although I have not finished this book yet it promises to be as engrossing a read as the ones before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best book in the series! 28 Mar 2000
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I have read all of Maupin's books and I think that every single one of them is brilliant. However if I had to pick a favourite it would definitely be 'Significant Others'. It has to be one of the funniest books ever written and I found all the lesbian camp scenes contained some of Maupin's best and most highly strung plotlines.
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