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The Days of Anna Madrigal

book | Fiction | 2014
US & Canada → HarperCollins (Ed. Jonathan Burnham)
UK & Comm → Bantam Books (Ed. Bill Scott-Kerr)
A Tales of the City Novel

The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching ninth novel in Armistead Maupin’s bestselling “Tales of the City” series, follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane—as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past.

Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of “leaving like a lady,” Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her “logical family” in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

Some members of Anna’s family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert where 60,000 revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

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Like all Tales novels, The Days of Anna Madrigal is part tenderly unfurling soap opera, part dispatch from the more sybaritic precincts of the Bay Area's counterculture. Laura Miller
The Guardian

One couldn't really recommend this as a reader's first experience of Maupin's unique brand of comic fiction since so much of its pleasure relies on a previous acquaintance with the characters revisited here, but therein lies the commercial genius of the sequence. Every new volume must result in a clutch of sales of its predecessors as new readers are told by their friends to get a move on and catch up. Patrick Gale
The Observer

Wonderful… Maupin’s last novel in the (Tales of the City) series is as compulsively readable and endearing as all the previous novels have been.
Booklist (starred review)

Maupin spins his usual good-hearted web of intrigues involving people who have created their own communities.
Kirkus Reviews

Tales’ End
A genial fable. Jessica Bruder
The New York Times Book Review
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