I've long been a fan and collector of Truman Capote's work, so I was curious about this posthumous publication (marketed as a novel but actually a novI've long been a fan and collector of Truman Capote's work, so I was curious about this posthumous publication (marketed as a novel but actually a novella or extended short story; it covers only 124 double-spaced pages). SUMMER CROSSING, written before Capote turned twenty and deliberately abandoned by him in favor of OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS (his first published book), reveals the would-be author's promise and talent as well as his inexperience.
It's no BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.
Yet how could Random House NOT publish it, once it had been discovered? And how could any Capote collector and fan resist buying and reading it? For history's sake, I'm glad I read it and glad I now have it on my Capote bookshelf. Although Grady McNeil, reluctant Manhattan debutante and heroine of SUMMER CROSSING, is no Holly Golightly, she's certainly a kindred spirit and a portent of good things to come. I also find it ironic that decades after creating Grady, Capote would try again to write about the New York social set--in the scandalous ANSWERED PRAYERS, which unfortunately ruined him....more