Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel
by Armistead Maupin
HarperCollins. 289 pages, $25.99
THREE YEARS AGO, with his novel Michael Tolliver Lives, Armistead Maupin returned to his much-admired “Tales of the City” series after a nearly twenty-year hiatus. It was a welcome homecoming for Maupin’s many fans, who know the Tales through the original San Francisco Chronicle serials or through the books they became. (Many have also seen the “Tales”-based TV miniseries.) Told in the first person, Michael Tolliver Lives reunites readers with Tolliver, who, twenty years on, has emerged as an AIDS survivor, settled into San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood with a steady job as a landscaper, and renewed ties with former 28 Barbary Lane residents, made new friends, and found romance.