A Christmas Memory
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Looking back on childhood Christmases on his relatives’ sprawling Alabama farm, Buddy records his unlikely friendship with his beloved maiden ‘aunt’, Sook: foraging for pecans to bake into fruitcakes and greenery to decorate the house; rising before dawn to prepare feasts for a ragged assembly of family, farmhands and neighbours; making kites – too broke to buy gifts – to fly beneath crisp winter skies. And he remembers how it was fair-minded, kind-natured Sook who comforted him when harsh realities – luckless parents, cruel classmates and the injustice of the adult world – intruded on this simple existence. With her irrepressible sense of wonder and fun, Sook taught him the true meaning of good will.
Tender and bittersweet, these stories by Truman Capote, the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, are a captivating tribute to the Christmas season
Selected from across Capote’s writing life, they range from nostalgic portraits of childhood to more unsettling works that reveal the darkness beneath the festive glitter. In the Deep South of Capote’s youth, a young boy, Buddy, and his beloved maiden ‘aunt’ Sook forage for pecans and whiskey to bake into fruitcakes, make kites – too broke to buy gifts – and rise before dawn to prepare feasts for a ragged assembly of guests; it is Sook who teaches Buddy the true meaning of good will. In other stories, an unlikely festive miracle, of sorts, occurs at a local drugstore; a lonely woman has a troubling encounter in wintry New York. Brimming with feeling, these sparkling tales convey both the wonder and the chill of Christmas time.
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