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Tales of the City Summary
Armistead Maupin

Everything you need to understand or teach Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.

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Tales of the City Summary

Plot Summary

This multi-plot narrative follows the complicated lives of a motley group of characters gingerly finding their way through a maze of sex, drugs and longing in 1970's San Francisco. As relationships entwine and sever and as layers of secrets are revealed under other layers of secrets, the narrative explores themes related to human frailty, the nature of family, and the tension between sexual freedom and emotional freedom.

The narrative begins with the decision of the novel's central character, naïve Midwestern secretary Mary Ann Singleton, to make her vacation in San Francisco into a permanent move. After taking temporary refuge with ex-high school friend and sexual free spirit Connie Bradshaw, Mary Ann finds a place of her own - at 28 Barbary Lane, where the landlady is the eccentric, open-minded, and open-hearted Anna Madrigal.

One of Mary Ann's new neighbors, neurotic advertising executive Mona, gets her a job working...

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