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Maybe The Moon

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,425 ratings  ·  105 reviews
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 encourag
Paperback, 333 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Black Swan (first published 1992)
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Catherine Siemann
I've been curious about this author, so when the book ended up on my apartment building's "share table" I picked it up. My honest reaction was that every character was a total stereotype: feisty, wryly humorous dwarf, ditzy blonde roommate, gay best friend, vicious agent, self-loathing closeted gay young actor, gorgeous and nice love interest. Reading the reviews here, though, and learning that Cadence Roth, the main character, was based on a close friend of Maupin's, an actress whose best-known ...more
Timothy Juhl
Jun 15, 2008 Timothy Juhl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drew Barrymore
Shelves: gay-author
A rare treat, Maupin's homage to his funny friend, the dwarf who's greatest acting job was inside the ET costume.

If you can lay your hands on a copy of this, you won't be disappointed. Maupin crafted a simple story based on his friend's life and her desire to be taken as a serious actress and desperately yearning for love and a life beyond the famed anonymity of having played one of the most endearing film characters ever created.
Vic Van
I came across this book in the collection of a friend who had stocked her books with us temporarily. It tore me to shreds. It is an incredibly moving story that held me entranced from the very start. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever felt an outsider at one time or another. A marvellous book.
“The idea of this tiny, ambitious, infuriating, lovable woman who is both enslaved and ennobled by an icon of popular culture is one that seems completely fresh to me. At the same time, it’s old fashioned and highly moral in the best sort of Dickensian way. There is, as well, a liberal feminist subtext that suits me to a T, as you no doubt recognized when you sent it to me.”

that was part of the Screenwriter’s reply to the Director’s letter who would film Cadence Roth’s autobiographical movie aft
Can a former world's shortest woman who once starred as an elf (in a bodysuit) in the second highest grossing movie find happiness in Hollywoodland? The answer lies partly in the title, and I'll say no more about that.

Maupin takes a risk writing as the world's former shortest woman in epistolary form, and at times I found it a bit distracting thinking about the research and effort he put in to create this character. But overall, he created a wonderfully engaging character with a sense of humour
Louise Keel
I heard about this book on a Chinese cookery show, of all places, and was intrigued. What would it be like to try to make a life and career in the dog-eat-dog world of Hollywood, standing just 31 inches high? What kind of person would it turn you into?

So I had to find out, and even though I had moments where I was just this close to screaming, I am not sorry I did. Cadence Roth has an ego about twice as big as she is, and a large chip on either shoulder. She is fiery, feisty, filthy-mouthed when
Davie Bennett
Semi-autobiographical tale about the dwarf who wore the rubber suit that brought a very famous movie alien to life; Armistead Maupin was friends with the woman on the inside of "E.T." Overall, a pretty enjoyable book, and completely readable in that candid, pages fly-by way, as all of Maupin's books and stories are. But recommended only for those who would be able to read an explicit interracial dwarf sex scene without squeamishness.
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This is the story of Cadie Roth, a 31-inch tall dwarf who's an actress and singer, but unrecognized and uncredited for her greatest role "Mr Woods" (think ET). Her struggles ( and triumphs) to lead a normal life - to be happy,m in love, sad, pissed, in control, dependent - are tastefully (and sometimes hilariously) treated by Maupin. The plot is weak, but I like his writing.
Jean Carlton
Okay - maybe 2+. It was well written enough with a different enough plot to keep me curious - but overall I just can't say "I liked it". The viewpoint of a dwarf who was once in a classic movie but now forgotten - living in Hollywood and hoping to rekindle interest in her as an actress is certainly unique. I did become interested in the definitions of dwarf and midget and today's accepted terminology which is 'little people' and in the sorts of challenges faced by being so short(being a 6 foot w ...more
This book made me mad when I was done because I realized while I was reading it I could have been reading something else that was actually good.
Odd. Very odd. I've enjoyed most of Maupin's books, but this one--not so much.
This is Maupin's first novel after the popular TALES OF THE CITY series - clearly something completely different. It's the first person narrative of Cadence Roth, a short person in show business. She played an elf character in a movie that struck a chord with a huge audience, but nobody saw her, neither her face or her soul. Now, years after the movie, she ekes out a living, fired on by her feisty character and supportive friends.

Maupin draws his characters with a firm hand and as the story unfo
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I borrowed this randomly from my sister's bookshelf one day, so I had no clue what the story was. I only remembered Armistead Maupin from his Tales of the City series (which I also enjoyed!). I can't believe how well Maupin wrote from a woman's perspective. The lead character (Cady) was witty, smart, hilarious, and not at all Mary-Sue.

I finished this book in three days, and each time I was forced to put it down I couldn't wait to pick it back up again. The story revolves around the complicated
Austin Lim
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An aspiring actress in Hollywood is a laughable setup enough for this book (if maybe a tad cliche), but then throw on top of that a raucous and glamorous dwarf who's narrating the book, and you've got a laugh a minute. Seriously, I don't find myself laughing out loud at many books, and it happened to me regularly while reading this book. It had a noble overall theme about standing out/up in a sea of people who want you to be something else. It followed some predictable standards (the evil agent, ...more
One of the reasons I love Goodreads is the ability to know how long it took me to read a certain book.

This book was three days.

It was great. It chronicles the life of Cady Roth, a 31-inch woman, actor and singer. It seemed very real to me and very hard-hitting.

And I read it in 3 days because it was a page turner.

It's worthy of reading.
Laura Williams
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Cadence Roth, die knapp achtzig Zentimeter kleine Heldin dieses Romans, hat es wirklich gegeben - sie hieß Tamara De Treaux und hockte unerkannt im Steven Spielbergs E.T.-Figur. Mit Galgenhumor und Selbstironie läßt Maupin seine Heldin erzählen, mit welchen Schwierigkeiten und Idiotien eine Zwergin im Leben, speziell in Hollywood, zu kämpfen hat.
Eigentlich mag ich das Buch, aber dieses Mal habe ich mich echt schwer getan, es zu lesen und ich weiß nicht mal warum. Vielleicht liegt es an dem extre
Kelly B
It's been a long time since I've read a "normal" novel (i.e. no paranormal aspects, no zombies or other creatures, no magic, and set in current time). I happened to come across this book in a used book store and thought I'd give it a try. It is the story of Cadence Roth, a dwarf trying to revive her acting career in Hollywood. She and her group of friends all feel like real people with real relationships and genuine love for one another. I really enjoyed the diaglogue; it was funny and gave me t ...more
Da ich von Anfang an wusste, dass es sich bei Cady um Tamara de Treaux handelt, las ich das Buch immer im Hinblick auf Fiktion vs. Realität. Überlegte ständig, welche Dinge vielleicht komplett erdacht sind (ist 'Elliott' schwul? Im echten Leben ist er immerhin 2x verheiratet gewesen.

Aber egal wie viel Maupin hinzugedichtet hat und was davon wirklich in Tamaras Tagebüchern stand, die reale Note verleiht dem Roman auch neben all der Komik eine gewisse Tragik wenn man sich denkt, dass es Tamara seh
Amazingly funny, smart, full of interesting cultural references, sincerely human and moving. All the right elements for a good read, and amazing to find out through goodreads reviews that it was inspired by someone's actual life.
Well written, as always, but wasn't quite as interesting as the "Tales of the City" series. Had I known more about the inspiration for it going in, I might have read it differently, but I still enjoyed it.
Jess Moss
This book was really good. The main character, being 31 inches tall, has such a unique perspective, and yet in other ways she is just every woman. And of course with this author, there are a lot of gay themes. I really enjoy this author.
Juliana Rose
In a word- enjoyable.

Kept me completely enthralled through the whole thing. Less for the plot and more for the deeply human aspect of the whole thing.
Christoph Fischer
Slightly disappointing story after the hyped Tales of the City series. Maybe a case of false expectations, but I could not warm to the story or the characters.
Marti Mattox
this is the story of a feisty dwarf who dreams of being a hollywood star. her big break comes when she is cast as an ET type character - or rather the person inside the suit -in the box office extravaganza of a film modeled after ET. she never has another similar break but always hopes to and he story of her waiting to enter stage left, pouring over the trades, and exhibiting wise cracking humor is enjoyable. the book is likable but i didn't love it. the concept was really interesting and i some ...more
Kavita Ramesh
Brilliant story. I have read it twice, and I liked it more the second time around, which, in my opinion, is the sign of a very good novel.
Great story about a dwarf actress whose claim to fame was starring in an ET-like movie. I’ve always loved stories/books/movies about those who (like myself!) came to Hollywood to make it in some way. Most of us, of course, don’t make it or have many strange twists and turns on that journey, and this is such a story. The heroine, Cady, is a take-no-prisoners little person who somewhere in the book refers to herself as a “fat baby with tits and pubic hair.” It’s hard not to love a character like t ...more
A masterpiece! Once again, Armistead Maupin demonstrates his uncanny ability to portray the society he is living in for those in the future. This time, he satirizes the American film and media industry, including its discrimination against and distortion of those who do not fit the right mold. And he does it all through the medium of one of the greatest characters ever, the wonderfully witty and sarcastic Jewish dwarf actress/singer, Cadence Roth. It is impressive how well Maupin writes from the ...more
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Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.

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