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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  3,419 ratings  ·  304 reviews
Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.
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Published December 13th 2005 by Books on Tape (first published 2005)
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Mike
Summer Crossing: Truman Capote's True First Novel


Summer Crossing appears to be Capote's true first novel which he abandoned. In fact, the manuscript was among papers left in an apartment in the care of a house sitter. Capote instructed the house sitter to put all papers on the street to be picked up as garbage. The anonymous house sitter recognized the value of what Capote considered trash, holding on to the caches of papers, including this novel for more than fifty years until his death.

A rela...more
K.D. Absolutely
Shocking ending for seemingly like a romantic comedy. This has more verve and is more direct than his Breakfast at Tiffany's (4 stars). The slow build worked for me. While reading, I was taking this book lightly because I almost always doubt this manuscript-of-a-dead-famous-writer-found-in-the-cellar/attic-of-his-house thing. It is either there really is a manuscript but it is unfinished, e.g., Suite Française (1 star) or maybe the author did not really want his book to be published. In either c...more
Jason Koivu
"You published that mess?! Oh darling no..." is probably what Capote said from his grave about Summer Crossing, a posthumously published early work. This sketch about a confused young girl's misguided love, needs polish, a whole lotta polish. There are lines within a generally beautifully written Summer Crossing that stick out for their clunky dullness. Thus it reads like the first draft that it is, a first draft written by a master wordsmith, mind you! But as Hemingway said, "The first draft of...more
Liam
I can easily say this is definitely the best book I've ever read that was rescued from a trash can (Confederacy of Dunces was under his bed, right?). This was a novel Truman abandoned in 1943 to write his debut Other Voices, Other Rooms. After his success with In Cold Blood he moved out of his Brooklyn apartment for Manhattan instructing the remaining contents of his apartment be put out on the curb for collection. The Super salvaged a box full of papers that included this manuscript. Nobody kne...more
Oceana2602
Jul 08, 2007 Oceana2602 rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people of Capote's age, Capote-Fans
Mr. Truman will probably throw a fit in his grave if I tell him that his first novel wasn't nearly as entertaining as Ms. Novik's. So he is a great writer, I don't doubt that. And for a first novel, Summer Crossing is probably better than most.

Doesn't mean I have to like it, and I didn't. It didn't make sense to me, which is probably more a question of age than of writing. But the book did nothing to me: I wasn't particularly interested in what was happening, I didn't seem to like the characters...more
MJ Nicholls
Oct 07, 2013 MJ Nicholls marked it as half-read  ·  review of another edition
Capote’s buried first novel. I couldn’t make it into the second half since there doesn’t appear to be a story here, an interesting character, or any particular reason to keep reading another long comma-infested, mid-clause-POV-shifting sentence of upper-class Manhattanite banality. Authors suppress books for a reason. When will publishers learn?
Amy McGuire
I adored this book. It may not be as polished as many of his later works, and some of the characters not half as developed, but it's a nice little novella to read on a warm, sunny afternoon, and there are some moments within it that are simply magical, written so beautifully that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

Although some may argue that there are not nearly enough of these moments to make reading the book worthwhile, I would argue that its rough and ready nature is what makes it so...more
Roberto
"Non si lasciano le persone, si lascia solo se stessi"

Grady McNeil, diciassettenne, è la bella figlia di un facoltoso newyorkese. Clyde è un ventitreenne un po’ frivolo di famiglia modesta, veterano di guerra senza un soldo che lavora in un parcheggio. I due si incontrano, si scoprono e quasi per gioco si innamorano. E quando Grady riesce a rimanere a New York da sola tutta l'estate i due si godono, senza più i limiti imposti dai genitori perbenisti, la loro storia d’amore. Mentre Clyde si ritro...more
Lucrezia
"Arriva sempre un momento in cui ci si domanda, cosa ho fatto?,e per lei era arrivato quel mattino a colazione, quando Apple leggendo ad alta voce la lettera di Lucy, era giunta al punto in cui si parlava dell' abito; dimentica di non averlo voluto affatto, conscia che ormai non l' avrebbe più indossato, aveva scelto le scale di un nuovo e misterioso dolore: cos' ho mai fatto? Il mare le poneva la stessa domanda, e i gabbiani facevano eco al mare. La maggior parte della vita è talmente noiosa ch...more
Sara
Jul 21, 2008 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Greg Draheim
After checking out this apparent prototype to the rest of Capote's work, I definitely wanted to move on into some Breakfast territory.

Grady, like Clyde, offers only the leanest peripheral insight into her inner life, causing the reader to view her uncomfortably atop a pedestal. Irony abounds in Grady's childlike insistence for acceptance from those she places beneath her. (To me, she is the complete embodiment of "svelte" :) ) More than a coming-of-age, class-conflict, or sultry beach read, Summ...more
Myles
You likely know already the story behind Summer Crossing's rediscovery and posthumous publication, so I'll skip it, but this novella does show off the talent Capote possessed from a very young age.

I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's yet, but this is a very different style than the calm of In Cold Blood and the rich gothic Other Voices Other Rooms.

Summer Crossing begins with Grady O'Neill, a disconnected and privileged Manhattan teenager, on the verge of spending a summer by herself in the cit...more
Stephanie
What a beautifully imperfect book. This is Capote's first novel written sometime in the 1940s and not published until 2004. Why the big gap? He left his apartment and told his landlord to throw it away.

Thankfully the landlord kept it. Eventually it landed in the hands of Sotheby's for auction. They notified the lawyer in charge of Capote's Trust. He gave the transcript to the New York Public Library, and he also had the book published.

Summer Crossing tells the story of Grady McNeil, a debutante...more
Larissa
This is one of those books where the back-story itself is almost good enough. Years after he originally wrote this novella (at age 19) in 4 Composition Notebooks (remember those black and white ones that you did all your Important Writing in in middle school?), Capote hastily moved out of his brownstone and asked his Super to throw away anything that he'd left behind in the rush. The detritus included a box containing this manuscript. A neighbor found the box and decided that such a thing should...more
Olesya
''Veći dio života tako je dosadan da nije vrijedan spomena, i dosadan je u svakoj dobi. Kada promijenimo marku cigareta, preselimo se u drugu četvrt, pretplatimo na druge novine, zaljubimo i odljubimo, tada se bunimo protiv dosade svakog života koja se neda rastjerati. Nažalost, jedno zrcalo jednako je varljivo kao i drugo, i u jednom trenutku, u svakoj avanturi odražava isto prazno i nezadovoljno lice.''

''Ne bježi se od ljudi, bježi se od samog sebe''

''Gledati ljubljenu osobu kako spava jedno j...more
Shannon
Summer Crossing is the first book I've read by Truman Capote, and I was captivated by it. In spite of its briefness, I fell in love with Grady and Clyde and even Peter. The texture and the richness of the characters were palpable, and the language of the book was beautiful.

Interestingly, I didn't know the book was unfinished when I read it. I thought that it ended exactly where it ought to have ended. To me, the climax was the conclusion. In a way, the ending reminded me of the ending in Edith...more
Shirley
The back story of this book is (to be honest) more interesting than the book itself. Capote had written this before he published his first book, but when he moved out of his NY apartment after the success of In Cold Blood, he left the manuscript for this book behind, intending that it be destroyed along with other papers. However, the papers were never destroyed and came to light in 2004, when Sotheby's tried to auction them. Capote's lawyer (who was managing his trust) struggled with the decisi...more
Dartsya
Красивая и немного печальная история.
Её сложно назвать свежей или удивительной, и всё-таки есть что-то манящее в таких книгах. Как и в "Завтраке у Тиффани", мы имеем дело со сложной и загадочной женской душой, которую никто не может понять. Даже она сама.

" - Мне восемнадцать.
Вообще-то нет, пока ещё нет, до него оставалось ещё несколько недель, до её дня рождения, почти два месяца ещё не прожитых дней, похожих на ещё не разрезанный вишневый пирог, на не поблекшие ещё цветы - и Грейди вдруг захо...more
Anna
At first glance Capote's Summer Crossing appears a formulaic coming-of-age story. The plot centers around a rebellious young deb left to her own devices for a summer. The adventure turns cautionary tale, eliciting an extreme series of (clichéd) repercussions. However, within the broad strokes of meandering story-line, Capote develops astute (and at times even surprising) psychological sketches. Marrying these sketches through the third-person omniscient point-of-view, he explores the limits of h...more
Susie
This is like the American version of Bonjour tristesse. Writing that doesn't sound like Capote, but captures that certain high-drama/carefree/selfish-but-obsessed-with-love duality of manic teens. Engaging but just a little bit hard to follow at times when suddenly you find yourself in a different time and place with no plot transition whatsoever; you're just supposed to keep up somehow.
Fun fact: Google reveals this is going to be made into a film directed by ScarJo in 2014. So I guess the rest...more
Vicki Roberts
Seeing a lot of online as to whether this novel should have been published after Capote's death, but I have to say I'm very glad it was.

If your concern is exploitation, I don't believe there is any. If you read the Afterward, you realize the care that went into the decision, as well as the complete urgency that those involved acted upon to make sure the manuscript itself ended up with Capote's other papers (at the NYPL). And all publishing rights belonged to the Estate, which has always provided...more
jenn
Bizarre love(?)* triangle that crosses class boundaries and is occasionally hard to understand. It's comforting that Capote wasn't born a total genius. But even the most mundane shit about his life is endlessly fascinating. The terse, dry mini-bio at the front of this edition (Random House 2006) claims, "The young Capote got a job as a copyboy at the New Yorker in the early forties, but was fired for inadvertently offending Robert Frost." More on that, please?

*Who else thinks Peter is gay?
Ollie
This is my first Truman Capote book, and although it's considered to be unfinished or a book that Capote never wanted published, it's also understandable that 20 years after his death, when the manuscript was discovered, there would be an urge to publish it.

I'm glad they did, because Summer Crossing is a pretty good book. It's about this young girl Grady who comes from a wealthy family in Manhattan, and when the family leaves for vacation they leave Grady home by herself for the first time. We f...more
Camila
Travessia de Verão, de Truman Capote, é ambientado em Nova Iorque no período após a Segunda Guerra Mundial. A protagonista, Grady McNeil, é uma adolescente que prefere ficar no verão escaldante de Nova Iorque a ter de viajar com os pais para Paris. Entretanto, o grande motivo para abdicar da viagem à Europa é o romance com Clyde Manzer. Ocorre que, a diferença social entre ambos é grande e perceptível desde o início da narrativa. Grady é "podre de rica" e mora em um apartamento na famosa Quinta...more
kk rousseau
We must all pray nobody riffles through our papers after we're dead and decides to publish unfinished pieces and call it a novel.

I love love love Capote and imagine I'd have enjoyed this book more if he had actually finished it. As it is, it's not terrible, perfectly readable, and much better than many so-called best sellers. So, not great, as a whole, but vivid with those amazing descriptions. I especially enjoyed the description of being in love, or lust, somewhere in the first quarter of the...more
Ben
This is an interesting artifact. It is juvenilia; it's interesting as an imperfect proto-novel. It's a quick read, and the afterword might just be the best part of the book as it gives some insight into Capote.
Trisha
Maybe it's the mood I'm in, but I just had a hard time mustering any sympathy for any character. Some passages moved me, but these were just descriptions of NYC or Southampton. It's the people I didn't like.
Marilynn Willey
While I think it would be downright sacrilegious to criticize Truman Capote's talent, there is something about this mini-novel that I should have learned before I read it: it is basically an unedited, first-draft manuscript, published posthumously, that Capote tried to throw out with a bunch of other junk.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it (while it lasted - it is very short), but its abrupt ending left me disappointed. This is obviously not the fault of Capote himself, who did no...more
Cirque
I have read this but forgot everything about it. Maybe it was good who knows?
Ashod
Kind of seemed like it was "lost" for a reason.
Diana
full disclosure: this is my first novel by Truman Capote so i had zero expectations. the writing captivated me (the constant reminders that the McNeils were members of Manhattan's upper class i could have done without) and although i didn't find the characters to be folks i could relate to, i didn't find myself disliking them and the further i got, the more interested in them i became. the plot itself is a little predictable; i think the character development is the distinguishing feature for th...more
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Truman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.

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