Saturday, 18 September 2010

It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.

So said Oscar Wilde.'s been 20 years since series anchor Mary Ann Singleton left her family and headed to New York. Maupin's San Francisco is comforting in its familiarity, and the gang is (mostly) all here, older, wiser, and settled in: Michael "Mouse" Tolliver is married to Ben; Shawna, Mary Ann's estranged daughter, is a popular sex blogger who is dating Otto, an enigmatic professional clown; and grand dame Anna Madrigal, once landlady to Michael and Mary Ann, is still kicking in her late 80s. Into this milieu returns Mary Ann, who ditched her husband and the young Shawna for a career in television. Now, nearing 60, she's back with news she can't bear to tell anyone but Michael. From the haven of his tiny garden cottage, Mary Ann regroups and confronts some uncomfortable chapters in her past.

The character of Mary Ann Singleton brilliantly played by Laura Linney

Now playing: Scott McKenzie - San Francisco
Fantastic clip - Mama Cass Eliot introduces McKenzie at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, I had forgotten about Laura Linney in this.
She's brilliant.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Hobac, Ooh! I didn't know about this book. I love Armistead Maupin and I devoured the Tales of the City books one by one. I still have all my original paperbacks on the shelf. There are some books I can't bear to part with. I'm off to Amazon to order this now. Thank you xx

little augury said...

It completely captures that time and place- and nothing really changes in human nature does it? And as I am the herald of all things North Carolina- I must add Maupin is one of us-how must he feel as to that I don't know and of the old family kind (always to his or their chagrin-depending on ones point of view) pgt

Kendra Boutell said...

I love the Wilde quote especially since I live in San Francisco! Best, Kendra

HOBAC said...

KB - without a doubt one of the magical of cities.

Thombeau said...

Laura Linney will ALWAYS be Mary Ann Singleton to me!