Truman Capote: A Christmas Memory, One Christmas & The Thanksgiving Visitor


Southern Holidays

Truman Capote’s charming, magical memories of his childhood Christmas and Thanksgiving with his mother’s Monroeville, Alabama family — particularly his much elder and much-beloved cousin Miiss Sook, who thanks to her own child-like nature was mother, grandmother and elder sister to him simultaneously; but, most importantly, the greatest source of warmth, love and compassion of his entire childhood.

In the book’s second (individually, last-published) entry the Monroeville experience is contrasted with the one (sadly failed) attempt by Capote’s father to make up for years of non-parenting, and seeing all three stories published together, the contrast — and the boundless warmth of Capote’s Monroeville home, and of Miss Sook — is brought out in an even brighter light, (As an aside, it is easy, too, to recognize the place, and the traits of individual personalities, in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which was inspired by the same community.)

Since this book doesn’t merely include two Christmas but also a Thanksgiving memory, for 16 Festive Tasks purposes I’m going to use it as my book for the Thanksgiving holiday book joker.

 

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