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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 01/09/2000
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Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin's first novel since ending his bestselling Tales of the City series, is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth -- Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast and former Guinness Book of Records holder as the world's shortest woman. All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where -- as she says -- 'you can die of encouragement'. Her early starring role as a lovable elf in an immensely popular American film proved a major disappointment, since moviegoers never saw the face behind the stifling rubber suit she was required to wear. Now, after a decade of hollow promises from the Industry, she is reduced to performing at birthday parties and Bar Mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that will finally make her a star. In a series of mordantly funny journal entries, Maupin tracks his spunky heroine across the saffron-hazed wasteland of Los Angeles -- from her all-too-infrequent meetings with agents and studio moguls to her regular harrowing encounters with small children, large dogs and human ignorance. Then one day a lanky piano player saunters into Cady's life, unleashing heady new emotions, and she finds herself going for broke, shooting the moon with a scheme so harebrained and daring that it just might succeed. Her accomplice in the venture is her best friend, Jeff, a gay waiter who sees Cady's struggle for visibility as a natural extension of his own war against the Hollywood Closet. As clear-eyed as it is charming, Maybe the Moon is a modern parable about the mythology of the movies and the toll it exacts from it participants on both sides of the screen. It is a work that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a perspective rarely found in literature.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552998758
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 222 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"'An enormously talented writer- witty but always sympathetic, generous in showing us the secrets of the heart'" -- Amy Tan
"'A hugely enjoyable, glamorous read'" -- Elspeth Barker * Independent on Sunday *
"'People buy his books the way they buy a line of gourmet soups or designer coffee, for the literary equivalent of a fix, with a trademark guarantee of style, effortless charm and frisky humour'" -- Peter Matthews * Observer *
"'A consummate entertainer... Maupin has created a funny, memorable character in Cadence Roth'" -- Edmund White * The Times Literary Supplement *
"'Maybe the Moon will disappoint only the envious. Rich, moving, sexy and funny, it also has a pleasingly angry streak'" -- Patrick Gale * Daily Telegraph *

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“Maupin does it again!”

This book has been out a longtime now. But I loved it's mix of the funny with the touching. And as it is not part of Maupins-Tales of The City Stable. Refreshingly new set of characters and proves that Maupin is... More

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