Back to Barbary Lane: “Tales of the City” Books 4-6 (Tales of the City Omnibus)

Back to Barbary Lane: Author Armistead Maupin
ISBN-10 0062561294
ISBN-13 9780062561299
Year 2016-12-06
Pages 832
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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By turns hilarious and heartbreaking Armistead Maupin s bestselling Tales of the City novelsthe fourth fifth and sixth of which are collected in this second omnibus volumestand as an incomparable blend of great storytelling and incisive social commentary on American culture from the seventies through the first two decades of the new millennium Tearing through the tales one after the other as I did allows instant gratification it also lets you appreciate how masterfully they re constructed No matter what Maupin writes next he can look back on the rare achievement of having built a little world and made it run Walter Kendrick Village Voice Literary Supplement Armistead Maupin s uproarious and moving Tales of the City novels have earned a unique niche in American literature and are considered indelible documents of cultural change from the seventies through the first two decades of the new millennium The nine classic comedies some of which originally appeared as serials in San Francisco newspapers have won Maupin critical acclaim around the world and enthralled legions of devoted fans Back to Barbary Lane comprises the second omnibus of the seriesBabycakes 1984 Significant Others 1987 and Sure of You 1989 continuing the saga of the tenants past and present of Mrs Madrigal s beloved apartment house on Russian Hill While the first trilogy celebrated the carefree excesses of the seventies this volume tracks its hapless all too human cast across the eightiesa decade troubled by plague deceit and overweening ambition Like its companion volumes 28 Barbary Lane and Goodbye Barbary Lane Back to Barbary Lane is distinguished by what The Guardian of London has called some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read

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