NAMED AS ONE OF THE BBC'S 100 MOST INSPIRING NOVELS
Now a Netflix series starring Ellen Page and Laura Linney . . .
'It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.' Oscar Wilde
Mary Ann is twenty-five and arrives in San Francisco for an eight-day holiday.
But then her Mood Ring turns blue.
So obviously she decides to stay. It is the 1970s after all.
Fresh out of Cleveland, naive Mary Ann tumbles headlong into a brave new world of pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, spaced-out neighbours and outrageous parties. Finding a job as a secretary at an ad agency, Mary Ann wants to start her own life, away from her parents and with the flower-power freedom to make her own friends and her own decisions.
The saga that ensues introduces vignettes that are manic, romantic, tawdry and touching - unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.
Maupin's tale of young Mary Ann Singleton, who relocates to 28 Barbary Lane in 1970s San Francisco at a time of great upheaval, is as engaging and relevant today as it was when it was first published (in 1978). In this audio edition, Frances McDormand skillfully narrates Maupin's classic novel which was originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle and is the first in a series of eight books. Her performance is lively and theatrical, which suits the tone and style of Maupin's prose perfectly (the book was made into a television miniseries in the 1990s). MacDormand's pacing is excellent, her delivery is colorful and inspired, sounding controlled but not restrained. The narrator never forces the material; rather she allows the author's work to speak for itself.