Michael Tolliver Lives

Michael Tolliver Lives

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Reaching his mid-fifties in San Francisco, gay gardener Michael Tolliver cherishes his life after losing many of his friends and lovers to AIDS, finds romance with a younger partner, and attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida.

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Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.

Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life, the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest of times. Michael Tolliver Lives follows its protagonist as he finds love with a younger man, attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once his landlady.

While Michael Tolliver Lives is a stand alone novel, accessible to old and new readers alike, a reassuring number of familiar faces appear along the way. As usual, the author's mordant wit and ear for pitch-perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story—from the bawdy to the bittersweet. Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible.



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Reaching his mid-fifties in San Francisco, gay gardener Michael Tolliver cherishes his life after losing many of his friends and lovers to AIDS, finds romance with a younger partner, and attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida. By the best-selling author of Tales of the City. Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2007
ISBN: 9780061256417
0061256412
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC MAU
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.

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bibliouncommon
Sep 21, 2014

Thank you Mr Maupin for keeping our friend Michael Tolliver safe during the 17 year hiatus, and for delivering him back to us in this book.

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DASTardlyGal
Jun 07, 2012

If one can get past the fact that Michael Tolliver has grown from a lovable character into a wanker, its an okay story. I don't like that it is written in the first person narrative, first of all. After been used to Armistead Maupin using 3rd person narrative, this sort of didn't do it for me. Another fact that drove me crazy is Armistead Maupin's complete hate for anything right wing is very distracting and detracts from the story itself. It seems Michael can't stand anyone who is a Christian, who doesn't like to use cuss words in their vernacular, who is friends with Govenor Schwarzneggar, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, etc. When are left wing authors going to realize that people of all political persuasions read their books and it can upset some with the hate they spew. I don't have anything against gay people, but apparently in Mr. Maupin's rather small, shallow, and hateful point of view, anyone who isn't a liberal hates gays or are living in Dark Ages. It seems Michael, who told his brother at one point in the book that people are supposed to be kind to people, Mr. Maupin, isn't. Typical of a liberal point of view. I was going to buy Mr. Maupin's books for my Kindle, but I guess I won't, or perhaps I won't waste my money on this particular book, I just need to think about it. I'm not writing this to start a battle between political parties, I'm just disappointed in him using his hate as a soapbox in his otherwise fun and entertaining series of books. I love Tales, Further and More Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, and one in the last set of that series that I can't remember. This book is disappointing in that Michael has turned into an intolerant wanker, thanks to Mr. Maupin's soapbox. I can live with a few stupid remarks about the right wing, because that's to be expected, but not when the whole book is just so slanted and biased. Authors need to leave the politics out of their books.

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