Cyra McFadden (born December 2, 1937) (died April 22, 2024)[2] was an acclaimed American author, who lived on a houseboat in Sausalito, California.[3]

McFadden's 1977 novel The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County satirized the trendy lifestyles of the affluent residents of Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco.[4] The book was made into a 1980 movie called Serial, starring Tuesday Weld and Martin Mull.

In 1986, McFadden wrote a memoir entitled Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir, in which she described her childhood growing up as the daughter of James C. "Cy" Taillon, a well-known rodeo announcer. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer that year. Her father, Cy Taillon, was arguably the most famous American rodeo announcer of the mid-20th century. After being out of print for several years, Rain or Shine was reprinted in 1998.

McFadden wrote a biweekly column for the San Francisco Examiner for six years, mostly in the 1980s, and was also a features writer for that daily newspaper.[5]

She was born in Great Falls, Montana, and spent much of her childhood traveling with her parents on the rodeo circuit and living in Missoula, Montana.


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  2. ^ Haslam, Gerald W., ed. (1999). Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State. University of Nevada Press. p. 215. ISBN 9780874173253. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  3. ^ The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin Mounty Paperback – 11 Apr 2016 Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  4. ^ Will, George (1 August 1977). "Moderns and their fight against status anxieties". The Free Lance–Star. p. 4. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Dalle-Molle, Kathy (May 1997). "Hanging Out in the 'Nabe' with Writer Cyra McFadden". Noe Valley Voice. Retrieved July 26, 2011.