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The Grass Harp, Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories by Truman Capote
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This is one weird novella. It's weird in a creepy sort of way. Capote tells the story of two older sisters who live together with another women who is Black but claims to be Native American. One sister is very wealthy and business oriented and the other sister, who basically lives for free in return for housekeeping, is very passive--and the latter sister lives in an entirely pink room. The three women take care of a boy, the narrator, who grows up in this strange house raised by three odd females. The climax of the story occurs when the two sisters, who are entirely opposites, quarrel and the three women take the boy and go to live in an abandoned tree house. Ultimately, other town people visit them in the treehouse and one sister strikes up a relationship with a retired judge who seems to enjoy spending time in this above ground abode.
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