This anthology of short stories by American writer Truman Capote was first published in 2015. The volume brings together the author’s early work, Capote being in his teens when he wrote these little gems.
A short introduction in Capote’s childhood
Having grown up as an outsider himself, Capote’s characters all have this in common. The protagonists of his stories are mainly women, children, Afro-Americans. The stories all have a very weird feeling about them. You immediately empathise with the characters, whether you agree with their actions or not. In my opinion, that’s where Capote’s early genius lies: in the ability to make you see the world through the characters eyes.
My favorite story of the volume, though it was hard to choose, is the tale of an old southern woman meeting death. The encounter is like that between two friends until despair begins to set in. The writer managed, at a very young age, to show the reader the change in the woman’s attitude when she realizes that the end is very very near.
Some Badgery thoughts
I think that this anthology of short novels from the author’s beginnings really gives us a look inside the developing mind and skills of Truman Capote. Somehow, I find it fitting that one of the last books published by him lets us see how he was like as a young man.
I recommend this volume to all the Capote fans out there and for the future readers of the author. In my opinion, it is the perfect read if you want to get to know him and get an inside look into his beautiful mind.
P.S. If you enjoyed this article and want to read more about Truman Capote, you should also check out about his “In Cold Blood” novel review.