Monday, April 26, 2010

Significant Others, by Armistead Maupin

(pb; 1987: Book Five in the Tales of the City series)

From the back cover:

"Tranquility reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer, and the world's most beautiful fat woman..."


Familiar characters -- many of them old fictional friends, by now -- continued to amuse, thrill, vex and warm the heart of this reader. Maupin writes with a sure head for evolving characters, plot and feels-like-real-life themes, many of them ongoing (the social dynamics of AIDS, coupledom and friendship, the necessity of humor in everything, et cetera).

One of more slapstick entries in the Tales of the City series. Check it out.

Followed by Sure Of You.

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