A Christmas Memory: Truman Capote

£9.99

Looking back on childhood Christmases on his relatives’ sprawling Alabama farm, Buddy records his unlikely friendship with his beloved maiden ‘aunt’, Sook: foraging for pecans to bake into fruitcakes and greenery to decorate the house; rising before dawn to prepare feasts for a ragged assembly of family, farmhands and neighbours; making kites – too broke to buy gifts – to fly beneath crisp winter skies. And he remembers how it was fair-minded, kind-natured Sook who comforted him when harsh realities – luckless parents, cruel classmates and the injustice of the adult world – intruded on this simple existence. With her irrepressible sense of wonder and fun, Sook taught him the true meaning of good will.

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Tender and bittersweet, these stories by Truman Capote, the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
are a captivating tribute to the Christmas season

‘We set about choosing a tree. “It should be,” muses my friend, “twice as tall as a boy. So a boy can’t steal the star.”‘

Selected from across Truman Capote’s writing life, these Christmas stories range from nostalgic, semi-autobiographical portraits of childhood to more unsettling tales of darkness beneath the festive glitter. In the Deep South of Capote’s youth, a young boy, Buddy, and his beloved maiden ‘aunt’ Sook forage for pecans and whiskey to bake into fruitcakes, make kites – too broke to buy gifts – and rise before dawn to prepare feasts for a ragged assembly of guests; while in other stories, a lonely woman has a troubling encounter in wintry New York and an unlikely festive miracle, of sorts, occurs at a local drugstore.

Brimming with feeling, these sparkling tales convey both the wonder and the chill of Christmas time.

Additional information

Weight 0.089 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 0.6 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

112

Language

English

Dewey

813.54 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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