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  • Published: 5 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241474419
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $22.99

A Christmas Memory




Tender and bittersweet, these three interlinked stories, set in rural Alabama between the wars, are Truman Capote's captivating tribute to the Christmas season.

Looking back on childhood Christmases on his relatives' sprawling 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.

  • Pub date: 5 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241474419
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Truman Capote

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924 and was raised in various parts of the south, his family spending winters in New Orleans and summers in Alabama and New Georgia. By the age of fourteen he had already started writing short stories, some of which were published. He left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for the New Yorker which provided his first - and last - regular job. Following his spell with the New Yorker, Capote spent two years on a Louisiana farm where he wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He lived, at one time or another, in Greece, Italy, Africa and the West Indies, and travelled in Russia and the Orient. He is the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986), all of which are published by Penguin. Truman Capote died in August 1984.

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