10 July 2007

Come on, Mouse, it really is you

I just finished reading Armistead Maupin's new novel, "Michael Tolliver Lives."

After reading several reviews I didn't know what to expect. After reading "Maybe the Moon" and "The Night Listener" I realized that Maupin was trying to put "Tales" behind him, but what I really wanted was more from the folks at 28 Barbary Lane. I've read the Tales of the City series so many times I've lost count. I've bought the books, given them to others and replaced my copies. To me, they are a must read for everyone, let alone anyone who is gay and looking for acceptance in their lives -- both within themselves and from outsiders -- meaning that these stories include those of us from the lavender persuasion as a normal part of life and there are no apologies. There shouldn't be, as I see it, and the way that Armistead Maupin wove his complex, intertwined tales made me feel like I was a part of everything that happened during the decades that his storytelling covered.

My affection for "Tales of the City" may be due to the fact that I've always wanted to live in San Francisco, and later, that I felt a connection with the characters and the things that faced them as a matter of life. The stories felt very real to me.

Because I had resigned myself to the fact that Maupin had moved on, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read "Michael Tolliver Lives," but I'm glad I did. If you liked "Tales of the City," you must read "Michael Tolliver Lives."

While there is closure at the end of this novel, I hope that Mr. Maupin realizes that we want to know more.

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