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Further Tales of the City

(Tales of the City #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  13,331 ratings  ·  499 reviews

The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her h

Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Harper Perennial (first published 1982)
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Heidi The Reader
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
Having read the two previous books in this series, Further Tales of the City was exactly what I've come to expect from Armistead Maupin. It's a dramatic, fast-paced soap opera with unexpected twists and turns, and diverse characters whom I enjoy reading about.

In fact, my only quibble with this book is that one of my favorites, Mona, wasn't in it. I'm hoping she makes a reappearance in the next story.

Further Tales of the City is an easy escape from reality as the characters work, enjoy their leis
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Armistead Maupin makes doppelgangers of his beloved characters, plays them out beautifully like a Chess Magician, and Michael and Co. move graciously to the background-- until you need them to be in the narrative, and then they pretty much save the day! Talk about complete reader fidelity. Because the clashes with actual 80's Americana (historical events mostly) are in such garish, odd taste (like talking about a topic way too early...AIDS, plane crashes, whathaveyou), it takes a while for the p ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me 21 months to read this third volume. When Maupin comes up with a totally unbelievable plot line involving a resurrected Jim Jones, his kidnapping of two four-year-old children from an Alaskan cruise and then perhaps through Little Diomedes (a US island) to Big Diomedes (a Russian island) and then on to Nome which is "over eleven hundred miles from here [Diomedes]" Mary Ann says, right off the top of her head, the last half of this volume turns into a ridiculously thriller. And not eve ...more
Carrie Rolph
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Sean Kennedy
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of the 'lighthearted' Tales of the City books, as the fourth will usher in the beginning of the AIDS crisis and the hardening of Mary Ann Singleton. Sometimes when re-reading this book I want to stop and pretend it ended there, so I can hold onto more cherished memories of the characters we have grown to love so much. The wacky plots may continue, but there's a darkness from hereon out that tends to overshadow it all. ...more
da AL
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's never too many Tales of the City! No need to read in sequence. Audiobook performance is great too! ...more
Martin Turnbull
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first three books in the Tales of the City are the best. They are all an unbeatable combination of plot, setting and character. And of the first three books, my personal favorite is #3, Further Tales of the City. It's the most inventive and memorable and the most page-turn-able--Maupin at his finest! ...more

first read when I was in high school or the last year of middle school? Rereading with The Great American Read - whole series. (This is book 3.)


Meanwhile, it took me a long time to read this one because I read a few books between it. Partly I was miffed that it left the characters I most love out of the story, but I suppose it *may* become important for me to know more abou
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frances McDormand is the perfect narrator for Tales of the City which never lets too many pages go without the waft of a lit joint. Further Tales continues to delight. These books are so much fun to listen to on audiobook whether you hear the originals from author Armistead Maupin or the updated versions with hip celebrity readings. Love, love, love this series. My absolute favorite.
lucia brown
UNREAL. So clever. Pure entertainment at its finest.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining read. But I had seen the movie so knew what was coming. I shouldn’t have done that but still a great story. He has quite the imagination. I hope the next one is as good.
Matty Lapointe-Smith
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Max Zumstein
I fell deeply in love with the Tales of the City series when I read the first two installments as required reading in my Gay and Lesbian Lit class last semester. Maupin's prose is sparse yet surgical, his dialogue is lively and enjoyable, and he's able to create the type of characters that actually make me give a shit what happens to them; something that perhaps dazzles me more than it should as I spend so much of my time reading books where characters and plot are more-or-less secondary to them ...more
As I continue my 2013 re-read of the Tales of the City series, I am guessing I will have to say less and less about it. Obviously I enjoy it very much, and while I recall the series "tail"-ing off at some point -- and thought it may have started here with the 3rd installment -- Further Tales of the City -- such was not the case. Although I had some trepidation at the start as I did not recall having fond memories of the emergence of Prue Giroux and the whole Guyana subplot, but alas it all charm ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This starts off as a bit of a frustrating installment. A few years have passed from More Tales and there's some re-arranging of the main characters' lives as they previously ended from being happy couples. This is all about girl-power with Mary Ann teaming up with DeDe Day (and to a lesser extent, ditzy social columnist Prue Gireaux) as they investigate the mysterious happenings of a charismatic cult leader who might have survived the real-life Jonestown massacre in 1978. Michael Tolliver sadly ...more

I am even ready to sacrifice my Friday glass of wine for more Tales of the City ( IF I have to make a choice). How good I have both. Still 6 installments to go. And my new wine rack.

And BTW, Barbara Rosenblat is amazing. I've never enjoyed female narrators, but she is so damn perfect, I don't want another narrator for this series.

Addiction gets a completely different meaning.

Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was better than the first two, had more intrigue and surprises!
I keep rereading and rereading all the Tales of the City books, and I still give them full 5 stars everytime 'round! ...more
Charlotte Burt
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another comfort re-read. A minor character takes centre stage as Prue, a society columnist falls in love with a homeless man who lives in the park who turns out to be more than he seems.
Ruby Grad
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This time, there is much more action, including violence. At the same time, we continue to see the growth of the characters and how this "family" grows and changes. As always, there is a lot of wit and compassion. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for a lot of the time Maupin wrote about, and it captures the times as I remember them quite well. ...more
Charles Eliot
I'm half-way through rereading the original six Tales of the City books, so I can dig into the three recently published sequels.

Further Tales of the City is my least favourite of the first three books, for two reasons.

First, the plot is preposterous. Armistead Maupin pulls his usual trick of juxtaposing characters through unlikely coincidences, but that's not the most annoying part. My main complaint is that the central plot is plain silly, constructed from an unbelievable premise, abrupt twists
Rebecca Schneider
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-fiction
3.5 for content, 4 for enjoyment. I was home sick and desperate for cozy reading material when I remembered I had a stack of these in the basement.

Tales of the City is charming as always, and I really enjoyed Michael's storyline in particular; his search for emotional connection is sympathetic and heartfelt without being sentimental.

That said, for an ostensibly comic novel, there's a lot of darkness in this book. Most of it was deftly handled, but the main plot was slightly odd and dated, with t
Florence Gunning
Dec 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Ann and her silly little crimes🥰
Kendra Patocki
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far. I couldn't go to bed until I finished it. Although I did miss Mona, the extreme drama kept me on the edge of my seat. It even exacerbated the creep-factor of a certain historical event that I've always been intrigued with. A lot to take in, but definitely my favorite. ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect beach/summer read- like reading a soap opera, and following along to see what happens.
I love how the characters are all intertwined and you never know how they are going to pop up again throughout the series of 3 books.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, series
I'm just totally in love with these books. They're light but completely additive! ...more
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Dramatisation of Armistead Maupin's classic sequence of comic novels about the denizens of a San Francisco apartment house in the late 70s and early 80s
Campiness aside, the characters have grown on me so much that I have fallen completely in love with this series.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre, but very entertaining.
Neil Devenny
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are perfect.
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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.

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

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  • More Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #2)
  • Babycakes (Tales of the City, #4)
  • Significant Others (Tales of the City, #5)
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