Maybe the Moon

  • by Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by Armistead Maupin
  • 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where, as she says, "you can die of encouragement". Her early starring role as a lovable elf in an immensely popular American film proved a major disappointment, since moviegoers never saw the face behind the stifling rubber suit she was required to wear. Now, after a decade of hollow promises from the Industry, she is reduced to performing at birthday parties and bat mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that will finally make her a star. In a series of mordantly funny journal entries, Maupin tracks his spunky heroine across the saffron-hazed wasteland of Los Angeles, from her all-too-infrequent meetings with agents and studio moguls to her regular, harrowing encounters with small children, large dogs, and human ignorance. Then, one day, a lanky piano player saunters into Cady's life, unleashing heady new emotions, and she finds herself going for broke, shooting for the moon with a scheme so harebrained and daring that it just might succeed. Her accomplice in the venture is her best friend, Jeff, a gay waiter who sees Cady's struggle for visibility as a natural extension of his own war against the Hollywood Closet.
As clear-eyed as it is charming, Maybe the Moon is a modern parable about the mythology of the movies and the toll it exacts from its participants on both sides of the screen. It is a work that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a perspective rarely found in literature.


What the Critics Say

"One of the 10 best books of the year." (Entertainment Weekly
"Highly funny and deeply poignant....Maupin sounds the feminine side of his psyche with a heartfelt resonance that few male writers ever accomplish." (Boston Herald)
"[Maupin's] lethargic, deadpan delivery makes Cadence's cynical attitude delightfully amusing....Full of humor and sorrow, the novel is a thought-provoking tale of a tragic hero and a manipulative industry." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

short but good

This isn't Maupin's strongest work, but it is still a very solid listen. It ends a bit abruptly, and once you see the ending coming, you know exactly what will happen. I think it should've been just a little more fleshed out as a story. Nonetheless, it is an interesting story, written from an interesting perspective.
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- Charlene

Maybe Not?

Armistead did not excite me with this novel. Even his reading of it fell very flat for me. I couldn't get into the characters, story line or anything. Just a total and absolute bore.
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- jbay99

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio