Capote's 1965 autobiographical work describes his childhood memories of the real-life Sook, a distant relative who was 'the only stable person' in his life. Capturing the essence of Christmastime in a depression-era Alabama, it's a love letter to yesteryear brimming with yuletide cheer – and a splash of contraband whiskey.
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Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925. 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.