BOOK REVIEW | Michael Tolliver Lives

Michael Tolliver Lives is the 6th book from the Tales Of The City series, it follows the life of Michael Tolliver 18 years after the last book.

The book delves into the differences of gay culture in San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s with today’s scene.

Aging and family issues facing a gay man with HIV (Michael) is a major theme in this book.


While its length has upset several critics, Michael Tolliver Lives, delivers an easy, enjoyable read, a little bit like finding your best friend’s diary. Conversational in style, Maupin certainly knows how to paint the picture. Even the most critical Tales Of The City fan, should find this book a great companion.

It’s interesting to note, that I’ve personally not read the other books – and in fact have only watched the first episode of the TV show. I found that I didn’t need to have read the previous books as Maupin, has a brilliant knack of filling in the picture for you.

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