This is a ghost story starring Truman Capote, Harper Lee, and the Clutters - the murdered Kansas farm family that the pair of writers made internationally famous. They were children - she, a tomboy in overalls; he, a summer visitor from New Orleans. Growing up next door to each other, they did the things of an eccentric childhood - solved make-believe mysteries, played cub reporter, even got pretend-married in the shade of a tree. Twenty-five years later, he had taken up a poison pen and taken New York's literary world by storm, while she struggled to put pen to paper and sweat out the story of her childhood, in a fifth floor walk-up in the same city. He was Truman Capote; she was Harper Lee.They would reunite in the desolate plains of Kansas to create "In Cold Blood", one of the most riveting works of mystery and true crime ever written. And they would start talk of an even greater, unspoken mystery and crime: what happened between them - and who really wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird". How did two innocents from a backwoods Southern town go on to become two of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century and why, just a few years later, did they stop speaking to each other?
Or did they?In a stunning triumph of imagination, Kim Powers, author of the bestselling memoir "The History of Swimming", conjures a death-bed confession from Capote, in which he picks up the phone to Harper Lee one final time. In what would be the last year of his life - a year in which pills and booze are his only transportation - what rambling secrets does he reveal to his maid Myrtle Bennett? What final, all-important message does he send in a series of sinister and mysterious packages to Lee, who had fled from fame as quickly as it found her?And what do the ghosts of the Clutters want, as they appear one by one to their creators, speaking up for the very human rights they lost the minute Capote first read of their murders: the young daughter who barely had a chance to experience first love; the long-suffering farm wife, saddled by 'nervous problems' and relieved to be in heaven; the son, sneaking his first cigarette, and begging his killers not to mar the varnished surface of a trousseau chest, he had just built for his older sister. To their most unlikely mediums of Capote and Lee, what secrets of that night do they confess?
In "Capote in Kansas", Kim Powers has created an unforgettable tale of what might have been.
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(210mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Da Capo Press Inc
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Author Biography - Kim Powers
Kim Powers is an Emmy and Peabody award winning writer who has worked on ABC's Good Morning America. He lives in New York City.