28 Barbary Lane

28 Barbary Lane

A Tales of the City Omnibus

Book - 1990
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Armistead Maupin's uproarious and moving Tales of the City novels--the first three of which are collected in this omnibus volume--have earned a unique niche in American literature and are considered indelible documents of cultural change from the seventies through the first two decades of the new millennium.

"These novels are as difficult to put down as a dish of pistachios. The reader starts playing the old childhood game of 'Just one more chapter and I'll turn out the lights,' only to look up and discover it's after midnight."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1978), More Tales of the City (1980), and Further Tales of the City (1982) afforded a mainstream audience of millions its first exposure to straight and gay characters experiencing on equal terms the follies of urban life.

Among the cast of this groundbreaking saga are the lovelorn residents of 28 Barbary Lane: the bewildered but aspiring Mary Ann Singleton, the libidinous Brian Hawkins; Mona Ramsey, still in a sixties trance, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, forever in bright-eyed pursuit of Mr. Right; and their marijuana-growing landlady, the indefatigable Mrs. Madrigal.

Hurdling barriers both social and sexual, Maupin leads them through heartbreak and triumph, through nail-biting terrors and gleeful coincidences. The result is a glittering and addictive comedy of manners that continues to beguile new generations of readers.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1990
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780060164669
Characteristics: 754 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Twenty eight Barbary Lane


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Oct 02, 2016

Fun read, this omnibus contains Tales of the City, More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City, Books 1-3. It's fun, moves incredibly fast. Good read between translating Cicero and Sophocles. Just kidding.

Aug 20, 2014

Discovered Days of Anna Madrigal, the latest in the series, first. Fell in love with the whole 'family' and am thrilled to go back and read the entire series. I couldn't stop reading this. Great characters, humor, suspense, not to mention a great look back into San Francisco in the late 70s! What fun. So glad I still have 5 more books to read!


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