Bridge of Childhood: Truman Capote's Southern Years

Bridge of Childhood: Truman Capote's Southern Years

by Marianne M. Moates

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The young Truman Capote who emerges from these amusing recollections by his first cousin, Jennings Faulk Carter, and freelance writer Moates is quick-witted, scheming, mercurial, a born leader in the mischievous escapades of a trio that included their tomboyish next-door neighbor Harper (``Nellie'') Lee, who later wrote To Kill a Mockingbird . Capote, abandoned by his mother to the care of relatives in Monroeville, Ala., as a small boy, found a maternal substitute in Carter's mother Mary Ida. Redolent with down-home flavor, these modest yet revealing tales deal with such matters as a fight with the town bully, bootlegging by Capote's father, exhuming a skeleton from a graveyard and a beach outing. Carter contends that relatives and friends alike failed Capote by not providing love and understanding. In her extensive introduction, Moates offers a contrasting view, asserting that Capote adapted to the role of family oddball. Photos. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Everyone with an anecdote or two to tell about Capote seems to be publishing a book, and so far the results have tended to be disappointing. However, Carter's memoirs of childhood exploits with his cousin Truman and their friend Harper Lee can be gratefully added to the biographers' shelf. The story of Capote's upbringing among distant relatives in Alabama has hitherto been told mainly by Capote himself, often heavily embroidered as fiction (e.g., A Christmas Memory ). Carter, ``as told to'' Moates, presents both well-known and unknown capers in a wry, spare manner. More importantly, he generously describes the complacency and lack of love that shut off his family from the adult Truman. Alienation is fundamental to Capote's writing, and its roots in his childhood movingly inform these entertaining episodes.-- Rob Schmieder, Boston
School Library Journal
YA-- Moates skillfully retells the humorous, poignant, affectionate, and nostalgic reminiscences of Truman Capote's cousin and boyhood chum, Jennings Faulk Carter. Each chapter is flavored with anecdotes that shed light on Capote's character and on details that appear in his published fiction. Readers will also gain insight into the classic, To Kill a Mockingbird , whose author, Nelle Harper Lee, was a neighborhood cohort of the two boys, and who appears in most of the tales. Carter's memories draw colorful portraits of several eccentric Faulk kin and also re-create life in a small Southern town during the 1930s. -- Alice Conlon, University of Houston

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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