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Maybe the Moon (1992)

av Armistead Maupin

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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 Guiness Book record 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 bat 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.… (mer)
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I found this in a used bookshop and thought "WOW! An Armistead Maupin I haven't read!!" I'm a serious fan of the whole Tales of the Cities series. So I was delighted. Turned out, though, I had read it! But, it was still a wonderful story about Cadence Roth, a dwarf (not a midget, thank you very much) who lives in the big world of hurt and joy and paying bills. She's delightful and so is this book. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
I was rooting for her all the way, I wanted her to get on that stage and sing in front of Hollywood and be seen for who she was. I found the ending sad and a little bitter. Especially the letter from the writer about how he would excise her story.

Now, this is how I would have ended it. I'll be brief.

Jeff creates a diversion so she can get on stage with Renee, who has her moment in the limelight in front of all the stars she idolizes.
Callum (that was his name?) realizes he's been an arsehole and introduces her onto the stage properly, then gets back with Jeff, and comes out of the closet.
The director guy, is suitably chastened when she sings her song about him forgetting her. Ditto her agent.
She gets her singing career with her guy at the piano.

HAPPY ENDING!!

That wasn't so hard, was it?

I know this story was based on the author's friend Tamara who actually played ET, so there is an element of honoring her memory with the truth. But, the book is not presented that way! All I can say is Gah! ( )
  StephenCummins | Mar 31, 2020 |
This is the story of a little person who's an actress. She had her biggest hit a while ago inside of an elf suit for a big named producer. This follows her trials and tribulations as an out of work actress. She lives with a roommate who is not the brightest bulb in the box but has a heart of gold. After her agent dumps her she starts doing children's parties with a group of other people. Slowly she finds herself getting involved with the leader of the troupe. Caddy, the actress, is a very strong willed person and you never really feel sorry for her, even with the hardships faced by a little person in the life of much larger people. Like most of Maupin's work it's very easy to read and like reading about old friends, there all very personable even when bitchy. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Apr 8, 2019 |
Never would have picked this up on my own, having no need of stories about Hollywood, and no fond memories of the one other by Maupin I did read (so long ago I'm not sure which).

But I'm glad I did read it. It was easy and fun, and enlightening, to read, until the heavy and slightly implausible ending, which brought the fantasy of thinking that we could have some sort of HEA back to reality. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is the story of Cadie Roth, a 31-inch tall dwarf who's an actress and singer, but unrecognized and uncredited for her greatest role "Mr Woods" (think ET). Her struggles ( and triumphs) to lead a normal life - to be happy,m in love, sad, pissed, in control, dependent - are tastefully (and sometimes hilariously) treated by Maupin. The plot is weak, but I like his writing. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
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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 Guiness Book record 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 bat 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.

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