8th December 2017
Logical Family - Armistead Maupin
I picked up this memoir for a dear friend who has eagerly read and enjoyed all of his famed Tales of the City books meaning to give it to her as an early Christmas present. Suffice to say it’s still in my possession and a little dog eared but will be passed on with the knowledge she won’t be disappointed.
Maupin has written a joyful book about finding his place in the world and the people he chose to fill that world with. From the old Southern upbringing he tried to fit in with, through his time in the army and onto his beloved San Francisco we meet the people who helped shaped his story. They are detailed with an unflinching eye but never without grace or humour.
His depictions of America’s queer community and his involvement in its evolution over four decades have inspired and entertained in equal measure, now we in turn get to see how he was inspired to become one of the great chroniclers of our time. In the end though it’s a story about love and family and finding your own way to yours.