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Publisher's Summary

Truman Capote's first novel is a story of almost supernatural intensity and inventiveness, an audacious foray into the mind of a sensitive boy as he seeks out the grown-up enigmas of love and death in the ghostly landscape of the deep South.

At the age of 12, Joel Knox is summoned to meet the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at the decaying mansion in Skully's Landing, his father is nowhere in sight. What he finds instead is a sullen stepmother who delights in killing birds; an uncle with the face - and heart - of a debauched child; and a fearsome little girl named Idabel who may offer him the closest thing he has ever known to love.

©1948 Truman Capote; copyright renewed 1975 by Truman Capote (P)2018 Tantor

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While Capote paints a very elaborate picture with lovely, vivid descriptions, the story was painfully slow and seemed to go off the rails a bit, especially towards the end. I wasn't sure if he was in a dream/delirious state or what was happening. I still am not entirely sure what it was supposed to relay. Not his best work in my opinion.

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Contains descriptions of animal cruelty.

I decided to stop listening after a few chapters as the incidences of casual animal cruelty woven through the story were quite disturbing.