The Night Listener

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Harper Perennial
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5.32 X 8.15 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Armistead Maupin is the author of the Tales of the City series, which includes Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn, and The Days of Anna Madrigal. His other books include the memoir Logical Family and the novels Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award. He lives in London with his husband, Christopher Turner.


"With rare authority, humor and stunning grace, Maupin (Tales of the City) explores the risks and consolations of intimacy while illuminating the mysteries of the storytelling impulse. Noone's will to make the world more gorgeous, dramatic and satisfying than it is betrays much about the measure of the human heart." -- Chicago Tribune

"[A] tense, tender novel." -- Entertainment Weekly

"The long awaited new novel by the irresistible Armistead Maupin--the writer with the map of the human heart tattooed on his brain." -- Vanity Fair

"Engaging. . . both a mystery and a meditation on the mutability of identity." -- Time magazine

"[Maupin] takes Hitchcock one step further, building a literary house of mirrors, window-dressing it as a mystery and leaving the reader guessing from the second page." -- Washington Post Book World

"Maupin's return to the fictional fold after an eight-year hiatus contains the characteristics we have come to love about the Balzac of the Bay: joys, heartbreaks, offbeat characters, witty dialogue, painful revelations and, of course, just enough sex to titillate." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Maupin's characters are wonderfully alive and memorable, and The Night Listener is Maupin's most accomplished work to date." -- Denver Post

"Maupin is arguably Dickens' nearest stylistic heir to be found in writing today." -- The Buffalo News

"Readers will be drawn to the novel for Maupin's splendid storytelling skills and his ability to place real people in seemingly ridiculous, exciting situations, and in that they won't be disappointed." -- Austin Chronicle

"With his new book, The Night Listener, humor remains a pivotal element. Yet Maupin has turned a darker, more melancholy corner. His simple narrative style is suddently infused with an emotional complexity." -- Rocky Mountain News

"Maupin fills the book with interesting characters and individual scenes of great power. . . . A superior entertainment." -- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel