A holiday classic from "one of the greatest writers and most fascinating society figures in American history" (Vanity Fair)! First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Truman Capote (In Cold Blood; Breakfast at Tiffany's) about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for Capote's fans young and old. Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship and the memories the two friends share of beloved holiday rituals. A Christmas Memory has been described as "[a] gem of a holiday story" (School Library Journal, starred review), and this warm and delicately illustrated edition is one you'll want to add to any Christmas or Capote collection.
In addition to never having seen a movie, she has never: eaten in a restaurant, traveled more than five miles from home, received or sent a telegram, read anything except funny papers and the Bible, worn cosmetics, cursed, wished someone harm, told a lie on purpose, let a hungry dog go hungry. Here are a few things she has done, does do: killed with a hoe the biggest rattlesnake ever seen in this county (sixteen rattles), dip snuff (secretly), tame hummingbirds (just try it) till they balance on her finger, tell ghost stories (we both believe in ghosts) so tingling they chill you in July, talk to herself, take walks in the rain, grow the prettiest japonicas in town, know the recipe for every sort of old-time Indian cure, including a magical wart-remover.
Is it any wonder he loved her?
Miss Sook lives life simply. She has never ventured five miles from her home. She is "sixty something" but her and Buddy speak the same language. Buddy understands when she refers to chrysanthemums as lions. Her genuine heart also helps Buddy to see his arch enemy and town bully, Odd Henderson, in a better light. A short separation from Miss Sook to visit his father in New Orleans causes Buddy great anguish. Miss Sook, Buddy, and their rat terrier, Queenie, were a delightful trio.
Fruitcake weather, simple yet thoughtful Christmas gifts, and Thanksgiving traditions are all spoken of with such imagery in A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor. A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor are three short holiday stories that can be read for a "pick-me-up" any time of the year. This was not the Breakfast At Tiffany's or In Cold Blood Truman Capote but a Truman that is remembering his southern roots.
A Christmas Memory offers a gentle, honest, and beautifully expressed friendship that contrasts so wildly with Truman Capote's famous horror novel that readers may wonder how it is the same author.
Six year old Capote, his highly sensitive "spinster" cousin Sook, and their rat terrier, Queenie, open for us a tender world unto themselves, one which gives Christmas new meaning every year.
One Christmas and The Thanksgiving Visitor, both Four Stars, expand the young man's experiences in many unwanted directions. Sad and memorable.
These three stories are incredibly well-written. Harkening back to childhood memories with Aunts, Capote is able to write of love, of friendship and of simple living with his favorite Aunt Sook. One can only imagine how different his life would have been had he remained with this family.
Each story is written crystal clear with incredible character development. His images jumpt off the page and into the readers heart. In particular, The Thanksgiving Visitor tells of his Aunt forcing Truman to invite the class bully to dinner. Odd Henderson's family was incredibly poor. With a near do well father and a mother who tried the best she could, Odd took frustrations out on classmates. However, when he came for Thanksgiving, he was well behaved and respected. Jealous, Truman embarrassed Odd at the Thanksgiving table when all were present. It was Sook who taught Truman the lesson of the error of his ways. It's a shame this lesson did not stay with him in adulthood, as one by one Truman gossiped and betrayed secrets of Hollywood friends.