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The Night Listener
  • Published: 5 October 2001
  • ISBN: 9780552142403
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

The Night Listener



The new novel by the author of The Tales of the City sequence.

Gabriel Noone is a writer whose late night radio stories have brought him into the homes of millions. Noone is in the midst of a painful separation from his lover of ten years when a publisher sends him proofs of a remarkable book: the memoir of a sickly thirteen-year-old boy who suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of his parents.

Now living with his adoptive mother, Donna, Pete Lomax is not only a brave and gifted diarist but a devoted listener of Noone's show. When Noone phones the boy to offer encouragement, it soon becomes clear that Pete sees in this heartsick, middle-aged storyteller the loving father he's always wanted. Thus begins an extraordinary friendship that grows deeper only as the boy's health deteriorates, freeing Noone to unlock his innermost feelings.

Then, out of the blue, troubling new questions arise, exploding Noone's comfortable assumptions and causing his ordered existence to spin wildly out of control. As he walks a vertiginous line between truth and illusion, he is finally forced to confront all his relationships - familial, romantic and erotic.

As complex and hypnotically engrossing as the best of mysteries, The Night Listener is an astonishing tour de force that moves and challenges Maupin's readers as never before.

  • Published: 5 October 2001
  • ISBN: 9780552142403
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin is the author of Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Ann in Autumn. Three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

For more information on Armistead Maupin and his books, see his website at www.armisteadmaupin.com

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Praise for The Night Listener

'A complex meditation on the frailty of fact and perspective'

The Australian

'A mystery studded with elegant twists and turns'

The New York Times Book Review

'Elegantly conceived and executed, The Night Listener marks a long overdue return to fiction by one of America's best-loved writers...a real page-turner'

Sunday Telegraph

'His most mature, mellow and moving novel yet'

Independent

'A tremendous, hugely satisfying read'

Time Out

'Absorbing, sophisticated, funny and touching'

The Sunday Times

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