Everyone has heard of it. The words Barbary Lane and Anna Madrigal have become gay icons. For the first time back in 1978, gay literature went mainstream. Everyone was reading it.
My mother read TALES OF THE CITY before I did. With a realistic mix of gay and straight characters in regular newspaper installments, Maupin created a detail-driven portrait of an era that is accurate, light-hearted and makes compulsive reading.
We’ve got five Wednesdays to discuss it, and we’ll do it in weekly chunks of 75 pages. I’ve got three copies of the book at the HUB bookstore – email me back to reserve one. Let’s see if it holds up 37 years later. Is this a slice of reality, or contrived cuteness? Do you believe these characters? Do you care about them?
I’ve got the 6-hour, 3-part DVD of the wonderful PBS television adaptation arriving any day, and we’ll set up showings that we can watch together. What a perfect book for a nice warm Seattle July!