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Armistead Maupin can ‘t quite understand why people keep asking him about his decision to write a memoir. “My answer is why not? “ he says frankly. “I ‘m 73. It seems like the age, pretty much. I wanted to explain how I got from there to here. “

The “there “ he is referring to isn ‘t just the creation of his beloved series of novels set in San Francisco, Tales of the City — the first of which was published in 1978 and last in 2014 — but the juxtaposing aspects of his life. As Armistead recounts in his recent memoir, the bittersweet, candid and explicitly funny Logical Family, he grew up in the conservative southern state of North Carolina. His father was a supporter of the Confederacy, a white supremacist and homophobe, and Armistead adored him, blindly following his father ‘s footsteps into early adulthood.

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