Tender and bittersweet, these stories by Truman Capote form a captivating tribute to the Christmas season
Selected from across Capote's writing life, they range from nostalgic portraits of childhood to more unsettling works that reveal the 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; it is Sook who teaches Buddy the true meaning of good will. In other stories, an unlikely festive miracle, of sorts, occurs at a local drugstore; an eccentric young girl dreams of Hollywood; and a lonely woman has a troubling encounter in wintry New York. Brimming with feeling, these sparkling tales convey both the wonder and the chill of Christmas time.
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.