Truman Capote is one of the most celebrated contemporary American authors. He is famous for penning books such as In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Recently, some of his early short stories were rediscovered in the archives of the New York Public Library, and Random House is publishing a collection of fourteen of them. Written in his teens and early twenties, these stories are some of Capote’s earliest fiction.
The stories in this book are short, but poignant. Capote definitely has a distinctive style – the only other book of his that I’ve read is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I probably still would have been able to recognize these stories as his. Each one is heartfelt and illustrative of American life. Capote expertly portrays what it feels like to be an outsider, whether in school, family, or society. I truly enjoyed every story in this book, but my favorites were “Parting of the Way,” “Hilda,” and “The Familiar Stranger.”
I enjoyed this book a lot! Capote’s style isn’t something I usually gravitate towards, but it definitely grew on me over the course of this book. His work is definitely reminiscent of his time – that pragmatic and slightly misanthropic view of the American dream that seems to be prevalent in a lot of writing from the 40s and 50s. Capote has a way of jumping directly into the story that just really worked for me. The characters are brilliant and relatable, and, even though I spent only a few pages with each, I truly cared about them. If you’re looking for some great short fiction, I would highly recommend this book!
The Early Stories of Truman Capote hits shelves tomorrow (October 27th) – you can order the hardcover, ebook, or audiobook by clicking here.
This book was provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.