"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco."
--New York Times Book Review
When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and p...more
Between the previous book and Babycakes, Armistead Maupin realised that he couldn't keep writing about gay life in San Francisco as if AIDS hadn't happened. Babycakes begins shortly after the death from AIDS of one of its main characters. The book aches with the pain of that loss. It's a book about the transition from youth and innocence and adventure to adulthood, with the attendant gravity, ambiguity, s ...more
I have never been a fan of Mary Ann. Actually I don't understand WHY everyone likes her. Doesn't matter. In this sequel she MAY be overdone.
WTF?! How someone COULD come to SUCH a STUPID idea for such a SERIOUS problem?!
But I can't help myself. The series is sooooo entertaining that I have no other option as to go on with it.
Gleich zu Begin ...more
I'm not sure why I picked up Babycakes when I did. Middle of the night, cold, not sleeping--it seemed a cheering thought. And indeed it was. these were (if you do not know) originally published as a serial in the SF newspaper so they are all made up of many short chapters. Tons of stuff happens. vivid, if ...more
What's wrong with it? I'm being forgiving, because I think it's inevitable in any series that an author just loses some steam-- especially once that series has been turned into a very short-lived TV version and oh, right, something as horrific as the A ...more
This is the fourth in his "Tales of the City" series which began in 1976 as a serial column in the San Francisco Examiner. I read the first three -- "Tales of the City," "More Tales of the City" and "Further Tales of the City" -- before I started with goodreads when Mary Beth, a sorority sister from Purdue, living in SF sent them home with me after a visit with her.
At the time I fell in love with Maupin's storytelling style, his characte ...more
This was a light and fun read. It was hard to take the story lines seriously because they were so exaggerated. That was probably part of its charm. I think I would have liked a more serious thread included somewhere abo ...more
The book neatly ties in a royal visit (by the queen to the USA) with the lives of a TV presenter Mary Ann and her insecure dilettante of a husband Brian (all through the book he speaks as if he us emasculated by Mary Ann but he seems to have no positive desires, intentions or ideas of his own), their ...more
Some things I hated about this book: Brian doing coke. Like, really? I mean, sure, it kind of had to do with the plot, but totally could have been avoided. Also what Mary Ann did? Really? Again, this was a huge plot point, but God, it just did not work with her character! I didn't believe it, but I could see it a mile away as soon as Simon was describe ...more
Babycakes starts 2 years after the third novel. It felt like a different person wrote some of the chapters right off the bat. These strange sections were very descriptive and boring without much forward motion for the characters. If I had been reading myself instead of listening to an audiobook I could have skimmed. Several of our favorite characters were not much fun and put themselves in difficult spots and made poor decisions. And the storylines were often predictable. I’m disappoi ...more
This was going to get 5 stars, but I really wasn't a fan of the Brian-Mary Ann story in the second half. The Tales of the City books are always faintly soap opera ish but in a sort of light hearted, charming way and this just felt a bit more obnoxious and really out of character for Mary Ann (who, yes, has changed a lot from her prude days but...it felt like too much ...more
“Hi Mum, I am not twelve anymore, I’m forty-four for God sake!”
“Staying up late does nothing good to your health. One needs a beauty sleep to stay young and beautiful... forever.”
“I know that, Mum.”
“As long as you are under my roof, you will abide by my rules, now back to bed and switch off that light”
“ But Mum this fourth novel from Mr Maupin is getting more and more exciting and I feel so warm in the arms of the tenants of 28 Barbary Lane, ...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