The Days of Anna Madrigal puts a capstone on the legendary Tales of the City series, neatly (almost obsessively) tying out all the loose ends. Perhaps it’s inevitable that it should take us to Burning Man, with its free-flowing madness, while Anna goes back, one last time, to the town where she grew up as the son (yes, she was a boy then) of the brothel’s owner. While some will lament the end of the series I think it was time to end it, for the characters are getting old and tired and their complicated entanglements a tad wearisome. Still, there are some lovely observations throughout the book about, say, how older people can act like teenagers, and a touching back story of how Anna became Anna.
If you’ve never read Tales of the City, start with the first one! This one is just too high in the series.