Armistead Maupin

  • " Écrits en grande partie sous forme de saynètes dialoguées, ces six romans décrivent mieux que n'importe quel traité de sociologie l'Amérique marginale des années 70 et 80, quand San Francisco était le laboratoire de toutes les expériences nouvelles. Amours, liberté, solitude, ambition professionnelle, fric, joints, homosexualité, et son affreux corollaire, le sida... tout est minutieusement décrit avec légèreté et brio. C'est criant de vérité et, surtout, ça nous ressemble. On rit, on pleure, on s'amuse, on jubile, on ne peut pas lâcher la tribu : au bout des cent premières pages, on est déjà complètement accro. "
    Michèle Fitoussi, Elle

  • Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Bernard Cohen.
    Anna Madrigal, la légende du 28, Barbary Lane, sait qu'elle n'est pas éternelle.
    À 93 ans, pour " s'en aller comme une dame ", elle part affronter son passé. La voici de retour dans le Nevada, là où elle fut Andy, adolescent amoureux du ténébreux Lazko... Entourée de tous ceux qu'elle aime (Brian, Shawna, Michael et quelques nouveaux venus), ses aventures vont la conduire jusqu'au Burning Man, un festival déjanté où tout peut arriver.
    Neuvième saison des Chroniques de San Francisco, Anna Madrigal lève enfin le voile sur ce personnage emblématique, en un formidable hymne à l'affirmation de soi et à l'amour sous toutes ses formes.

  • Après vingt ans d'exil à New York, Mary Ann Singleton revient sur les lieux de sa jeunesse à San Francisco. Trompée par son mari, atteinte d'un cancer, elle a décidé de se battre pour changer de vie. Elle est hébergée par son ami de toujours, Michael Tolliver, et retrouve la légendaire propriétaire du 28, Barbary Lane, Anna Madrigal. Cette dernière retourne dans le Nevada affronter son passé, ce qui la conduira jusqu'au festival Burning Man. Michael, lui, est contacté par sa mère biologique qui n'a jamais accepté son homosexualité. Malade, elle le réclame à ses côtés. Doit-il rester auprès d'Anna ou accompagner dans ses derniers instants cette mère qui l'a tant rejeté ?
    C'est avec un savoureux mélange de drôlerie, de légèreté et de gravité que se clôt cette extraordinaire aventure littéraire dans ce troisième et dernier tome des Chroniques de San Francisco qui regroupe Mary Ann en automne, Anna Madrigal et Michael Tolliver est vivant, précédemment parus aux Éditions de l'Olivier.
    Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Michèle Albaret-Maatsch et Bernard Cohen.

  • " Tôt ou tard, où que nous vivions, il nous faut partir en diaspora, nous aventurer loin de nos parents biologiques pour découvrir notre famille logique, celle qui pour nous fera véritablement sens. Il le faut, si nous ne voulons pas gâcher nos vies. "
    Cette famille dont Armistead Maupin s'est éloigné est une famille du Sud américain, volontiers conservatrice, parfois réactionnaire. Et la " famille logique " qu'il a longtemps cherchée, il l'a trouvée à San Francisco, au début des années 1970. Là-bas, la libération sexuelle et amoureuse se conjugue aux expérimentations narcotiques. Autant d'années folles qu'il a consignées dans ses Chroniques de San Francisco.
    Mais entre le moment où il a quitté sa Caroline du Nord natale et celui où il est " devenu ce qu'il est ", il lui aura fallu remettre en cause les idées qu'il avait reçues en héritage. Il aura dû se réinventer plusieurs fois.
    Cette autobiographie n'est pas que le récit d'une lente acceptation de soi. C'est aussi l'exploration d'un demi-siècle d'histoire américaine, de la guerre du Vietnam à l'émergence des mouvements gays et lesbiens. Avec l'humour et le talent qu'on lui connait, Armistead Maupin fait revivre une ville en ébullition, et entrouvre la porte du cabinet d'écriture où sont nés le 28 Barbary Lane et Anna Madrigal. C'est une vie bigger than life, et c'est tout un roman.

  • " Au fil des années 80 et de six volumes, les Chroniques ont connu, aux États-Unis, un succès croissant, critique autant que public : bien au-delà de San Francisco et d'un lectorat gay, Maupin a peu à peu conquis une audience internationale qui, pas plus que ses personnages, ne se referme dans un quelconque ghetto. La qualité littéraire y est pour beaucoup : les saynètes qui constituent la trame du récit sont certes tissées de dialogues, mais la justesse parfaite du ton ne doit pas occulter l'écriture. Les Chroniques nous promènent dans toute la société, du vernissage au rodéo gay, de la débutante à la punkette, du prêtre au policier – jusqu'à la reine d'Angleterre. "
    Éric Fassin, Le Monde
    /> Traduit de l'américain par Pascal Loubet, Gwenaël Hubert et François Rosso.

  • The divinely human comedy that began with Tales of the City rolls recklessly along as Michael Tolliver pursues his favourite gynaecologist, Mona Ramsey uncovers her roots in a desert whorehouse, and Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with the amnesiac of her dreams.

  • Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York. Now, a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her oldest friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gay gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband.Mary Ann finds temporary refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of fifty-seven, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes. Soon, with the help of Facebook and a few old friends, she begins to re-engage with life, only to confront fresh terrors when her speckled past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined.Over three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's legendary Tales of the City series rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight, compassion and mordant wit.

  • San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous - unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.

  • In this, the sixth and final self-contained volume of Armistead Maupin's epic chronicle of modern life, a fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San Francisco. Wistful and compassionate yet subversively funny, Sure of You is a triumphant finale to one of the most addictively entertaining series of novels ever written.

  • Significant Others, the fifth self-contained chronicle in the Tales of the City saga, is a cunningly observed class comedy that's sure to be relished by the cognoscenti and by new readers alike.A holiday in the redwoods goes uproariously awry when the opposing sexes camp out rather too close to each other for comfort. Among those entangled in the mayhem are DeDe Halcyon, reformed debutante, troubled house-husband Brian Hawkins, and the irrepressible Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver (arguably Maupin's most beloved creation).

  • The residents of 28 Barbary Lane are back again in this racy, suspenseful and wildly romantic sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City. DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track down a charismatic psychopath, Michael Tolliver looks for love, landlady Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement storeroom, and Armistead Maupin is in firm control.

  • The characters that filled the pages of the three earlier Tales of the City books with love and laughter are at it again, as an ordinary house-husband and his ambitious wife discover there's more to making a baby than meets the eye. Unexpected help arrives in the form of a British monarch, a grieving gay neighbour, and an international ring of mail-order brides. Armistead Maupin has written a comedy of manners for our times.

  • Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin's first novel since ending his bestselling Tales of the City series, is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth -- Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast and former Guinness Book of Records holder as the world's shortest woman. All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where -- as she says -- 'you can die of encouragement'. Her early starring role as a lovable elf in an immensely popular American film proved a major disappointment, since moviegoers never saw the face behind the stifling rubber suit she was required to wear. Now, after a decade of hollow promises from the Industry, she is reduced to performing at birthday parties and Bar Mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that will finally make her a star. In a series of mordantly funny journal entries, Maupin tracks his spunky heroine across the saffron-hazed wasteland of Los Angeles -- from her all-too-infrequent meetings with agents and studio moguls to her regular harrowing encounters with small children, large dogs and human ignorance. Then one day a lanky piano player saunters into Cady's life, unleashing heady new emotions, and she finds herself going for broke, shooting the moon with a scheme so harebrained and daring that it just might succeed. Her accomplice in the venture is her best friend, Jeff, a gay waiter who sees Cady's struggle for visibility as a natural extension of his own war against the Hollywood Closet. As clear-eyed as it is charming, Maybe the Moon is a modern parable about the mythology of the movies and the toll it exacts from it participants on both sides of the screen. It is a work that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a perspective rarely found in literature.

  • Gabriel Noone is a writer whose late night radio stories have brought him into the homes of millions. Noone is in the midst of a painful separation from his lover of ten years when a publisher sends him proofs of a remarkable book: the memoir of a sickly thirteen-year-old boy who suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of his parents.Now living with his adoptive mother, Donna, Pete Lomax is not only a brave and gifted diarist but a devoted listener of Noone's show. When Noone phones the boy to offer encouragement, it soon becomes clear that Pete sees in this heartsick, middle-aged storyteller the loving father he's always wanted. Thus begins an extraordinary friendship that grows deeper only as the boy's health deteriorates, freeing Noone to unlock his innermost feelings.Then, out of the blue, troubling new questions arise, exploding Noone's comfortable assumptions and causing his ordered existence to spin wildly out of control. As he walks a vertiginous line between truth and illusion, he is finally forced to confront all his relationships - familial, romantic and erotic.As complex and hypnotically engrossing as the best of mysteries, The Night Listener is an astonishing tour de force that moves and challenges Maupin's readers as never before.

  • 'A sweet, filthy peach of a memoir from a cultural explosion of a man.'
    CAITLIN MORANBorn in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man 'on the very spot where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.' Realizing that the South was too small for him, this son of a traditional lawyer packed his earthly belongings into his Opel GT (including a beloved portrait of a Confederate ancestor), and took to the road in search of adventure. It was a journey that would lead him from a homoerotic Navy initiation ceremony in the jungles of Vietnam to that strangest of strange lands: San Francisco in the early 1970s. Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his 'logical family,' the people he could call his own. "Sooner or later, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us,' he writes. 'We have to, if we are to live without squandering our lives." From his loving relationship with his palm-reading Grannie who insisted Maupin was the reincarnation of her artistic bachelor cousin, Curtis, to an awkward conversation about girls with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, Maupin tells of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century.Maupin recalls his losses and life-changing experiences with humor and unflinching honesty, and brings to life flesh-and-blood characters as endearing and unforgettable as the vivid, fraught men and women who populate his enchanting novels. What emerges is an illuminating portrait of the man who depicted the liberation and evolution of America's queer community over the last four decades with honesty and compassion-'and inspired millions to claim their own lives.

  • Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably the most beloved gay character in 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 Maupin insists that this book is not, strictly speaking, a continuation of Tales of the City, 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.

  • The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching ninth novel in Armistead Maupin's bestselling 'Tales of the City' series, follows one of modern literature's most unforgettable and enduring characters-'Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane-'as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past.Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of 'leaving like a lady,' Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her 'logical family' in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada's Black Rock Desert where 60,000 revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

  • San Francisco, fin des années 1970. Mary Ann Singleton débarque dans
    la baie après avoir coupé le cordon ombilical et quitté son Ohio
    natal. Elle trouve refuge dans une pension familiale au 28 Barbary
    Lane. La propriétaire, Madame Madrigal est, disons, pittoresque mais
    materne ses locataires avec une inépuisable gentillesse. Et ils en
    ont tous bien besoin, car « s'il ne pleut jamais en Californie, les
    larmes en revanche peuvent y couler à flots ». Mary Ann va devoir
    s'adapter à cette nouvelle vie, Mona vient de perdre son emploi,
    Michael cherche l'homme de sa vie...

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