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    Inspiration for the Netflix limited series, Tales of the City

    The eighth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

    The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching novel, follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters - Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past. 

    Now 92, and committed to the notion of “leaving like a lady”, Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her “logical family” in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades. 

    Some members of Anna’s family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert where 60,000 revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. 

    With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided. 

    ©2014 Literary Bent, LLC (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    • Annabel
    • 12/03/2014

    The Best Book I've Downloaded So Far

    Would you consider the audio edition of The Days of Anna Madrigal to be better than the print version?

    This is, without doubt, the best title I have bought so far. Everything about this performance - from the story, to the pace, to the narration - is PERFECT! I bought it not knowing that it was the 9th book in a series, and it was still easily understood. I am going back now though, and reading them all. WELL-DONE!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna....you agree with me, I promise.

    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Stunning. I could not put this one away. I sincerely wish that she would narrate every title on here. There are many characters in this story, and she embodied each one, and gave them spirit that is truly memorable.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. But I'd hate to point them out and ruin the surprise.

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    • Keith
    • 26/01/2014

    A Life In Review

    This book, the latest in the Tales of the City series, is a trip down memory lane for its primary character -- Anna Madrigal. I have lived with these characters since I first began reading the series at the insistence of my lover in 1995. It didn't take long to fall in love with the residents of 28 Barabary Lane and all of the crazy connections and puzzle pieces as they plunked into place one at a time. Although they have all moved out and moved on, their friendship has withstood the test of time.

    In this adventure, Anna Madrigal is reaching the end. She is 92 years old and is unable to walk easily by herself. Throughout the book, we learn many of the secrets of her life. She goes back to the Blue Moon Lodge in her mind and we learn how, in 1936, she left and never returned.

    The familiar characters are here as well. Many of them play mere supporting roles, weaving in and out of the narrative to keep the story moving along.

    Stories from the entire series are sprinkled around... It's not necessary to have read the rest of the series to appreciate them, but if you have, you will be thrown back to those events in your mind and will experience them all with a sense of nostalgia for the past. My favorite is Micheal's remembrance of dressing as Pan... It reminds me of old friends sitting around talking about the past.

    I won't give any details away since that is half the fun of an Armistead Maupin novel, but suffice it to say that it was a satisfying installment in the TOtC series. Will there be others? Who knows? I hope so. Was this a final installment? If so, it is a beautifully written end to a wonderful series.

    As far as Kate Mulgrew's narration goes, I can't imagine anyone (other than AM himself) being able to do a better job. She understands each of the characters and gives them a dialect here or a deeper voice there. Her narration made this a very enjoyable listen.

    I recommend this title to any and all fans of the TOtC series.

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    • Todd
    • 22/02/2014

    Farewell Ms Madrigal

    Where does The Days of Anna Madrigal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All good things must come to an end and Armistead Maupin has done a beautiful job with this "Tales" bittersweet finale.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Mulgrew’s performances?

    The one downside to this book was the narrator. I will be ordering the print version of this book just to read it without having to listen to her voice.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last chapter (and specifically the last 5 minutes) made me a little misty-eyed.

    Any additional comments?

    I am anxiously awaiting the next book from Maupin.

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    • Madison
    • 15/02/2014

    Narrator is a huge mistake

    I'm a long time fan of Maupin and the Tales of the City family. But this narrator is a terrible blunder. Everyone comes across as vulgar and not very bright. Mrs. Madrigal, in particular, has none of her dry wit and dignity, but other characterizations are just as bad. The voice is so jarring that it's hard to really judge the quality of the story. The author is the perfect narrator of his own work, and in this possibly last book, we should have had the gift of his own voice. If you love the series, buy the book itself instead of the recording.

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    • Kristyn Rose
    • 22/07/2019

    I’ll miss them

    Finishing this series is bittersweet. I love these characters and their intertwined, imperfect lives. They are real and flawed and heroic. This story fills in some gaps and sends our beloved friends into the void where we can imagine the rest of their lives. By the way, if you’ve seen the Netflix series, don’t expect to find those stories here.

    My only issue is with the narrator. I usually love her work, but in this book, she made most of the dialogue sound snide, to the point of annoyance. I felt that detracted from the tone of the characters and gave them a negativity that I’m not convinced should have been there.

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    • John E. McElyea
    • 12/03/2021

    Narrator

    I found the narrators voice to be very irritating and hard to listen to. I can’t finish the selection because of it. Very disappointed.

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    • ApollosGold
    • 09/11/2020

    5 🌟 ANNA!

    I read these books back in the '70s when they were new, fresh & exciting.

    Funny thing is, they still are. And this book in particular glows with a rosey, loving light.

    Having Kate Mulgrew,
    -best narrator since
    Jane Entwhistle,
    voice Anna Madrigal
    was a brilliant decision and a spiritual experience.
    Especially in the end when Anna bestows her blessings on
    Brian Hawkins and also when she's describing the monarch butterfly.

    I cried so hard during this book,
    but it was always
    Tears mixed with Joy.
    Like Dolly Parton said in
    Steel Magnolias,
    the best emotion.

    It reminded me so much of my youth.

    I'm so happy Armistead wrote this book and I fervently desire that there are more books to come.

    Not just because
    Armistead Maupin is one of the best writers ever,
    but because I really want to know what happens to
    Shawna's baby and Shawna
    and I want to know what happens to
    Brian and Wren
    and I want to know what happens to
    Michael and Ben,
    and
    Jake and Amos.
    And Mary Anne...

    Friends old and new.

    But most
    especially Michael Mouse,
    as he holds a special, tender place in my heart.

    When Armistead had
    Michael have a seizure in the book,
    I was sure he was going to be leaving us,
    I was so relieved and so twistedly, hilariously amused, when
    Mary Ann Singleton
    was the first face he sees as he comes out of his death tremors.

    In fucking Burning Man, of all settings.
    Probably the Least likely
    place you'd expect to see
    our sweet naive Cleveland expat Mary Ann Singleton.

    Only Armistead would have put Mary Ann in a dusty
    pink & white candy stripers uniform and have her be there,
    the first thing Michael Mouse sees when he wakes up.

    Sheer Brilliance
    Sheer Inspiration
    Sheer Armistead

    A gorgeous
    warm, cozy fire blending
    of the
    present with the past.

    All of them have become family to me.

    One of the definitions of
    bless
    is to endow someone with a particular cherished thing
    or attribute.

    In this case,
    bless you Armistead
    for realizing and cultivating
    and developing your unique gift.

    Your particularly cherished gift
    is your ability to put
    pen to paper
    and
    bring emotions to life.

    Bless you Armistead,
    in the most faithful sense of the word,
    for bringing these people into our hearts and minds and consciousness.

    The world is an
    infinitly better place
    with you
    and
    your words
    and
    your imagination
    in it.


    david henry

    🌞

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    • Meg Allen
    • 05/10/2019

    The days of Anna Madrigal

    This book is so good that I listen to it over and over. It's not just the excellent narrow whom I am a fan of, but the story itself. I can see the characters in my head interacting with one another, and the world around them. That is what a well written book should do in my opinion. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 19/09/2019

    The Days of Anna Madrigal

    I found the ending very disappointing. Too many loose ends left untied. Did Michael die?

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    • Theo J.
    • 06/07/2019

    THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL: Truly 'A Grand Animal'!

    Having watched the poignant reboot of TALES OF THE CITY on Netflix, I was startled and delighted to discover Kate Mulgrew's brilliant reading of this delightful work. Her voice----by turns playful, sultry, wistful, and bluntly intolerant of falsehood---is just right for Armistead Maupin's writing, and she portrays the marvelous Mrs. Madrigal with all the joie de vivre one could possibly want. Highly recommended!