So Tales of the City started as a newspaper serial that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle during the late 1970s. (Sidenote: Newspapers are constantly worried about losing readers. My answer: Resurrect Serials! Especially if they are as steamy as this. I'd buy a paper everyday. Seriously.) The stories, which followed the lives of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, became so popular that they were published as a series of novels beginning in 1978. The subsequent novels inspired a mini-series which originally aired on PBS and starred Laura Linney (this surprised me because it seems a little racy for PBS). You can bet I'll be adding those to my Netflix queue.
Anyway, Tales of the City knocked my socks off and I'm anxious to start the rest of the series. It's seriously the quickest read in the world, because the chapters are super short and there is so much drama that you can't stop reading. It's like reading the script of a super crazy soap opera from the 1970s. Or like, Melrose Place, but in 1970s San Francisco (a time that seems pretty great IMO) instead of 1990s Los Angeles. So, way better. It has all the best things to read about, but not necessarily experience: adultery, a secret (and possibly Asian) love child, lots of drugs, bathhouses (and not the kind where you take baths), terminal illness, more adultery!, private investigators. And really, that's just the tip of the iceberg. I didn't want to give away too much. There were times where I'd read something so shocking, that I'd just gasp and have to set my book down for a minute to process the crazy. It's soooo good!
Read it so we can have a Google Hangout and talk all about it.
Great Read for Fans Of...
soap operas, quick fiction reads, San Francisco, drama