American novelist

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. Armistead worked briefly as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. He is the author of the extraordinary Tales of the City series, of which The Days of Anna Madrigal was the ninth installment. Three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. A stage musical version of Tales of the City had its world premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in May 2011. Armistead is also the author of Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener, the latter of which became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette, and the autobiography Logical Family.

Like all Tales novels, The Days of Anna Madrigal is part tenderly unfurling soap opera, part dispatch from the more sybaritic precincts of the Bay Area's counterculture.

Laura Miller
The Guardian on The Days of Anna Madrigal


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