Armistead Maupin is one of my favorite authors. In addition to the classic “Tales of the City” novels, his other works like “Maybe the Moon” and “The Night Listener” have been just as satisfying and endearing as the famous “Tales” series. Maupin’s writing is always a pleasure to read, what with his deft touch with comedy and an ability to spin sad events without robbing them of their urgency, and that is true here as well: The hyper-literate author goes through his life story with a devilish smile and long-ago wounds that still sting occasionally, and his sense of humor and overall energy is palpable through his words. It’s a pleasure to read what some of his literary inspirations were and how so much of his work deliberately crosses over into the gloriously ridiculous, and he manages to paint a thorough portrait of a self-actualized radical who thought of himself as a pacifist. Highly recommended for Maupin fans who may have missed this on the shelves, and it’s a delight to read for any literary aficionado.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)