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A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

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Written by Truman CapoteAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Truman Capote

  • Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: November 12, 1996
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-60237-8 (0-679-60237-2)
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Available for the first time in a single volume are the three holiday stories that Truman Capote regarded as among his greatest works of short fiction. Two of these childhood memoirs--"A Christmas Memory" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor"-- center on the author's early years with a family of distant relatives in rural Alabama. Both pay loving tribute to an eccentric old-maid cousin, Miss Sook Faulk, who became his best friend. In "A Christmas Memory," Miss Sook, Buddy (the narrator), and their dog, Queenie, celebrate the yuletide in a hilariously tipsy state. In the poignant reminiscence "One Christmas," six-year-old Buddy journeys to New Orleans for a reunion with his estranged father that shatters many illusions. And in "The Thanksgiving Visitor," Miss Sook invites the school bully, Odd Henderson--called by Buddy 'the meanest human creature in my experience'--to Thanksgiving dinner.

These three heartwarming classics are all distinguished by Capote's delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

"Capote, in a bright, fluttering, wheeling way, makes all the tinsel and confetti and embroidery that bind together such delicate sentimentality come vigorously to life."--The New Yorker