Armistead Maupin has been described as the master of coincidence. He’s also a master of economy. Look how captures the essence of his characters in a just a few words in the following chapter openers…
- ‘Well,’ boomed Arnold Littlefield, dousing his scrambled eggs with ketchup, ‘the hubby stood you up, huh?’
MANUEL THE GARDENER was grumpy, so DeDe didn’t have the nerve to ask him to clean the yucky things out of the swimming pool at Halcyon Hill.
MONA WAS WASHING dishes with a vengeance when Mrs Madrigal walked into the kitchen.
- BURKE, OF COURSE, was the hardest one to convince.
- MARY ANN SPENT her lunch hour at Hastings, picking out just the right tie for Norman.
- THE DISCOTHEQUE WAS called Dance Your Ass Off. Mary Ann thought that was gross, but didn’t tell Connie so
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