There are some cities that have a special quality to them that draws people from various backgrounds. San Francisco is one of those cities and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City explores the interconnected lives of several people living in San Francisco.
Having moved across the country from Cleveland, Mary Ann Singleton is a secretary trying to make a new life for herself in San Francisco. Meeting a group of new people through work and through her eclectic landlady and neighbors, Mary Ann’s experiences many new things with slightly more experienced San Franciscans leading her through it.
The narrative explores each character’s lives in enough detail to provide a comprehensive picture of their character and maintains reader interest in their trials and tribulations, much like a soap opera. I enjoyed that there was a combination of sympathetic and unsympathetic qualities in the characters as it helps to provide more realism to the serendipitous circumstances that constantly throw these unknowingly connected people together. While nothing earth-shattering, it’s still an entertaining story to read.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.