"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 ...
"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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Michael finds out that he is positive, but that doesn?t stop him from being lonely. He meets a tour guide from a visit to Alcatraz, Thack. The two of them go away with Brian, to a cabin in the redwoods. Brian is scared that he has AIDS, and can?t deal with Mary Ann?s advances until the test results come back, in 10 days. Mary Ann is consumed by being an anchor woman, and is outside herself when Entertainment Tonight comes to interview her. Her interview with a famous fat model doesn?t go well, at all. Wren Douglas, the fat and beautiful model, is propositioned by Frannie?s new husband Booter, to stay near the Bohemian Grove, an all male camp in the redwoods. DeDe and D?or are off to Wimminwood, an all women?s camp in the redwoods. This could be the thing to tear their relationship apart. How will the lives of these significant others survive in the latest installment of Armistead Maupin?s timeless series?
Publishers Weekly, 1987-05-22 Readers familiar with Maupin's Tales of the City series will greet this latest installment like a welcome visit from old friends. Once again, the action focuses on the misadventures of a cross-section of San Franciscans, who this time take to the country for a late summer weekend in three separate gender-segregated retreats: a gay resort, a lesbian music festival and the infamous encampment of privilege at Bohemian Grove. While the trio of settings couldn't be farther apart in spiritat least on the surfacethey all are within shouting distance of each other on the banks of the Russian River, and the three worlds, inevitably, collide. With its blend of satire, slapstick and melodrama, the novel, which originated as a newspaper serial, is as light as a souffle, although the very real threat of AIDSwhich has claimed one character's gay lover and seems to be closing in on another character, a philandering husband who panics after a brush with illnessgives the story relevance and impact. Maupin writes with a warmth and humor that is sorely missed in some recent gay novels having more overtly literary aspirations; his tales may be sparkling entertainments, but they are lit with a glowing humanity that brings each character to vivid, poignant life. (June)
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