Round 2 of my 2013 re-read of the Tales of the City series, and if at all possible it seemed as if this installment was even breezier than the first! Perhaps with all the character intros out of the way -- as well as success of the initial series -- Maupin seems to really hit his stride here.
Having originally read the series some 20-ish years ago, I was still surprised that I could be... well, surprised. Ok, maybe more "oh, yeah" shady-minded remembrances. But it was still very fun to re-live these moments with my friends on the page. I remain quite enamored with Mary Ann, Mouse, Mona and Mrs. Madrigal (maybe it's an alliteration "M" thing), though less so with Brian, Jon (seems a bit harsher than I remembered) and the Halcyon crew.
Still going to stick with my 4-star rating here. Although, once again, I am tempted to kick it up a notch as this book contains Mouse's "Letter to Mama" -- one of the most poignant things I have ever read and arguably the most famous part of the entire series. Despite all the cultural changes and advances in the past 30+ years, this coming out letter still feels very current/relevant (well, except for the Anita Bryant references!).
Looking forward to returning to Barbary Lane in June!