Monday, March 08, 2010

Babycakes, by Armistead Maupin

(pb; 1984: Book Four in the Tales of the City series)

From the back cover:

"When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby than meets the eye. Help arrives, in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. . . Babycakes was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS."

Review:

Babycakes is as warm, witty and quick-paced as the first three Tales books, with an elegiac edge (carnal betrayal, AIDS, impending middle age) sobering Maupin's life-affirming characters and storylines.

Worthwhile entry in the Tales of the City series.

Followed by Significant Others.

1 comment:

Asobime said...

I WISH I could read every book you post here, Steve!

The service you do to us poor writers under a pile of paper, looking out with dark and bloodshot eyes, ink staining our lives and eating our words where food fails....

LOL!....but we have YOU!!! and this wonderful blog that keeps us up to date....though we mostly are like puppies at the window...staring hungrily at the books you compile here.

Thank you, dear friend...for what you do here. Gives me hope that some day I will be able to read these marvelous authors! Until then, I will keep coming back here and reading what you have reviewed.

Lady Nyo

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