“Dear, I have no objection to anything.” Anna Madrigal in Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (born May 13)
The Tales of the City cover shown here has been called “tacky” by Maupin. Thing is, that is the edition that I discovered in the long gone B. Dalton bookstore on Hollywood Boulevard over 30 years ago, so I have sentimental connections to it. The original Harper & Row cover was a map illustration. As a result the book was often put in the travel section, hindering sales.
The first four books were initially serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle. The fifth, Significant Others, was serialized in the SF Examiner but the Chronicle objected to the use of the “Tales” name. Sure of You was the first of the series to be written as a novel.
The first six novels informed my queer identity in ways that I didn’t see until I got older. Over time, the books have become a part of all of our queer history. The books are filled with time capsule settings, sayings, fashions, morals and politics that are part of real history. Maupin is at work on the ninth book of the series, “The Days of Anna Madrigal.” I’m looking forward to reading it…as long as no one has any objections.