Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer, and the world's most beautiful fat woman. Significant Others is Armistead Maupin's cunningly observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia.More
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More Barbary Lane hijinks, but a little dour...
I think this book is good for anyone who is hooked on the goings on of the inhabitants of 28 Barbary Lane, but it has a different more somber tone to it that the last three books. I get the sense that Maupin is trying to move the story forward in a semi realistic fashion, and attempting to reflect some of the uncertainty of that post 70's fallout. Sadly though this removes it from the wide eyed optimism that allowed the earlier books to cover so many dark themes without coming across as heavy or dour before.
In general this book is still enjoyable, and readers or listeners of Maupin's earlier books will enjoy the wit and banter of many of the characters they have come to know on a first name basis. There are also still the kind of unexpected plot twists and interconnected story arcs from the earlier works that are a hallmark of the Maupin's writing.
Still solid, not the best, but it's always cool to hear the author read their own writing, and discover their pacing and tempo for the characters' patter.
Well the other books *were* made into several successful t.v. miniseries, but I thing they stopped at a good point in the timeline for most people.