Sure of You (Tales of the City #6)
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. Caught in the middle is their longtime friend, a gay man whose own future is even more uncertain. Wistful and compassionate, yet subversively funny, Sure of You could only come from Armistead Maupin.
Over the course of the series, Maupin slowly abandoned Mary Ann as the "voice" of the series in favor of Michael; as a gay man writing about the often hedonistic world of San Francisco, this made sense and allowed Maupin to describe that world i ...more
I was glad to see Mona played a sizable role here. For ...more
Overall, I am glad I read these novels. I had been meaning to read them for years, and I'm thankful Fenella picked the first one for our book club. They made for quick, entertaining stories. I grew to know and care about the core characters in these six novels, and it sa ...more
This installment doesn't really have enough going for it to stand on it's own as a book apart from the ...more
Rereading the series and this book gave me a greater sense of how and why Maupin did what he did with the story. Even though I still wihs for better happy ending for the characters, part of the theme of the book is growing up and le ...more
In the end, this book seems rather bitter. It's not that I mind characters developing and changing - ...more
Took me back to the 80s and the height of the AIDS epidemic. Is that KS? How many T cells do you have? It is a language of another age. Can't wait to read more of this master.
as others have noted, mary-ann has changed a lot since the beginning of the series and i really couldn't stand her in this one.
michael remains the best.
The centre of the action really is Mary Ann who has really become a utterl ...more
This series (at the time being just the first 6 books) was recommended to me when I first came out. By then it had rightfully become for Armistead Maupin a classic in gay literature. I’m glad to say that it became a favorite series of mine as well; and even though this sixth one fell short of ending the initially six-book series with a bang, it was still good and continued to build the story.
This sixth one definitely had less qu ...more
That said, it did feel like they overstayed their welcome or that Maupin was getting a bit fatigued with it all as well. I never ...more
...and: "All we've got is now, I guess. But that's all anybody gets. If we wasted time being scared..."
The tales series wraps up in this book without wrapping the characters up in an unnaproachable way. You get the feeling that Michael will still be working at his nursery tomorrow, that Mary Ann's television show is just on in a few minutes, and that Thack will st ...more
The key story here is Mary Anne's finally surrender to her ambition. When an opportunity to move on from San Francisco and her family comes up, it's not a question of w ...more
28, Barbery-Lane-street, une adresse devenue mythique pour tous les fans d'Armistead Maupin. Livre apr��s livre, l'auteur a construit sa petite com��die humaine, "sa sitcom litt��raire" dans les rues de San Francisco. On y retrouve la petite famille ��pousset��e des ann��es soixante-dix, pr��te �� prendre le virage des scintillantes eighties. Finie la communaut�� ��rotico-baba : Mary Ann est devenue une pr��sentatrice de t��l�� en vogue, Brian, 44 ans, travaille ...more
Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 19 ...more
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“Sometimes I watch him when he’s playing with Harry or digging in the yard. And I think: This is it, this is the guy I’ve waited for all my life. Then this other voice tells me not to get used to it, that it’ll only hurt more later. It’s funny. You’re feeling this enormous good fortune and waiting for it to be over at the same time.”
“You seem happy,” Brian ventured.
“Well … that’s a lot. I envy you that.”
Thack shrugged. “All we’ve got is now, I guess. But that’s all anybody gets. If we wasted that time being scared …”