Mona of the Manor

A Novel

by Armistead Maupin

On Sale: 03/05/2024

Mona of the Manor

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Mona of the Manor

A Novel

by Armistead Maupin

On Sale: 03/05/2024


About the Book

“Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers.”—Neil Gaiman 

Set in the early 1990s, the long-awaited tenth novel in Armistead Maupin’s beloved and enduring Tales of the City series follows the adventures of Mona Ramsey, now the widowed Lady of a glorious old manor in Britain’s golden Cotswolds, and her fabulous adopted son Wilfred, as they come to the aid of an American visitor with a troubling secret.

When Mona Ramsey married Lord Teddy Roughton to secure his visa—allowing him to remain in San Francisco to fulfill his wildest dreams—she never imagined she would, by age 48, be the sole owner of Easley House, Teddy’s grand, romantic country manor in the UK. She also didn't imagine that she’d need to open the manor’s doors to paying guests to afford the electric bill and repair the leaking roof. Yet somehow she and her young friend Wilfred--whom guests assume is serving as Easley’s charming-but-clumsy butler--and the loopy old gardener Mr. Hargis, are making it work.

 This delicate equilibrium is upended when Americans Rhonda and Ernie Blaylock arrive for a weekend vacation at Easley, and Wilfred stumbles onto their terrible secret. Now, instead of being able to focus on the imminent arrival of her old friend Michael Tolliver and beloved parent Anna Madrigal, Mona will need to focus all of her considerable charm, willpower, and wiles—and the help of Wilfred and Mona’s girlfriend Poppy, the town’s postmistress and local calligraphy whiz—to set things right before the Midsummer ceremony when the whole town will descend on Easley’s historic grounds.

Critical Praise

"Maupin is a peerless visionary who created a queer community of friends decades ago and is still at the top of his game with this funny, endearing, and totally captivating literary escapade.... Fifty years in, the 'Tales of the City' series continues, and this novel is as charming, witty, and magical as its predecessors." — Library Journal (starred review)

"Pure Maupin. The fans rejoice." — Kirkus Reviews


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062973597
  • ISBN 10: 0062973592
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 03/05/2024
  • Pages: 256
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Lesbian
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Humorous / General

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