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.
"'An enormously talented writer- witty but always sympathetic, generous in showing us the secrets of the heart'" Amy Tan
Armistead Maupin, geboren 1944 in Washington, studierte Literatur an der University of North Carolina und arbeitete als Reporter für eine Nachrichtenagentur. Er schrieb für Andy Warhols Zeitschrift "Interview", die "New York Times" und die "Los Angeles Times". Seine Geschichten aus San Francisco, die berühmten "Tales of the City", verfasste er über fast zwei Jahrzehnte als täglichen Fortsetzungsroman für den 2San Francisco Chronicle". Maupin lebt in San Francisco.
"'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