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I've read all of Armistead Maupin's books over the years, enjoying some much more than others, finding some absolutely delightful, and some wildly uneven. This account of the author's life kept my attention, and introduced me to a side of his early life I could barely imagine given the difference in our ages, but it glosses over areas of his life I know about, relationships, and events, and then (worse) comes to an abrupt halt with an account of his last meeting with his father. It literally ended (with years and years uncovered) and then said "Epilogue," at which point Maupin read his famous coming out letter for Michael Toliver, and then an interview followed with Neil Gaiman.
What's the rush? I would have much preferred the author was thorough and didn't gloss over so much of his story, and all I can think is he and his publisher are leaving room for a followup.
I was satisfied with the content, but disappointed with the abrupt end to it, and overall I was left disappointed.
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Armistead Maupin has been one of my favorite authors since I picked up Tales of the City 25 years ago. I’ve gone back to the Tales several times over the years and am never disappointed. It was such a pleasure to hear him talk about how some of the characters and plot lines evolved during the writing of these snapshots in time. And I loved hearing more about what shaped Armistead as a human being. I’m impatiently waiting on the edge of my seat for the release of the “Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” on NEtflix. I had the pleasure of taking a picture with Mr Maupin at a concert where one of his texts had been set to music, and was performed by Frederica von Stade. Unfortunately, that picture was swallowed up by a crashed computer. But, the next time he’s in Seattle, I’ll be the first in line to thank him for all the laughter and tears I’ve enjoyed from his body of work.
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