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ISBN:
0786720336
Author:
Perseus
Category:
Genre Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Da Capo Press (November 2, 2007)
Pages:
256 pages
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Truman Capote and Harper Lee were children when they met. Twenty-five years later, Capote had taken New York's . Like its subject matter, Capote in Kansas is compelling and intense

Truman Capote and Harper Lee were children when they met. Twenty-five years later, Capote had taken New York's literary world by storm. Like its subject matter, Capote in Kansas is compelling and intense. Powers's glimpse into the world of two of America's most respected writers sheds light on the burden of fame and great talent. - Sulpher Springs News-Telegram. Powers astutely summons the intense sorrow behind a life-long friendship gone awry.

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Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story. Capote eventually turned the story into In Cold Blood, his non-fiction novel. In this fictionalized version of the events surrounding the book’s creation, Chris Samnee’s art is appropriately moody and atmospheric

Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story. In this fictionalized version of the events surrounding the book’s creation, Chris Samnee’s art is appropriately moody and atmospheric. His use of silhouette is so impressive that the shadows become character, and he establishes setting and character through just the right scene or gesture.

In Capote in Kansas, Kim Powers does both Capote went on to write numerous books that won awards (but not a Pulitzer) and lead a highly publicized life as one of Manhattan’s more outrageous.

In Capote in Kansas, Kim Powers does both. Capote and Lee grew up together in Monroeville, a small Alabama town. Lee went on to write her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which drew on her and Capote’s childhood experiences. Capote went on to write numerous books that won awards (but not a Pulitzer) and lead a highly publicized life as one of Manhattan’s more outrageous glitterati.

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With Capote in Kansas, Kim Powers looks at one of the greatest literary mysteries of the twentieth century . The ghosts of the Clutters also appear, seeking resolution and revenge.

With Capote in Kansas, Kim Powers looks at one of the greatest literary mysteries of the twentieth century and creates a haunting tale of what might have been. What secrets from that tragic night do the family members confess? With Capote in Kansas, Kim Powers looks at one of the greatest literary mysteries of the twentieth century and creates a haunting tale of what might have been.

Capote in Kansas is an unforgettable "what might have been" - a fantasia of ghosts seeking resolve and revenge .

Capote in Kansas is an unforgettable "what might have been" - a fantasia of ghosts seeking resolve and revenge, and memories and regret for a past that was, that will never be again. Kim Powers has conjured a death-bed confession from Capote, in which he picks up the phone to Harper Lee one last time to tell her is being haunted - a tale she doesn't believe, until she is forced to. What do the ghosts of the Clutters want, as they appear one by one to confess their secrets and their anger to the most unlikely mediums of Capote and Lee?

From the author of the bestselling memoir, The History of Swimming, comes a novel about Truman Capote, Harper Lee, and the ghosts of the Clutters, the Kansas farm family murdered fifty years ago, in cold blood. Kim Powers imagines the truths Capote and Lee uncovered in Kansas and kept hidden for years; the rumors and revelations that followed the success of To Kill a Mockingbird, which estranged the former friends; and the confessions Capote makes in his final months that ultimately reunite them

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Truman Capote and Harper Lee were children when they met. Twenty-five years later, Capote had taken New York's literary world by storm, while Lee struggled to put pen to paper and sweat out the story of her childhood in the same city. They would reunite in the desolate plains of Kansas to create In Cold Blood. And they would start talk of an even greater mystery: What happened between them — and who really wrote To Kill a Mockingbird? How did two innocents from a backwoods Southern town achieve such fame, and why did they stop speaking to one another? Kim Powers has conjured a death-bed confession from Capote, in which he picks up the phone to Harper Lee one last time to tell her is being haunted — a tale she doesn't believe, until she is forced to. What do the ghosts of the Clutters want, as they appear one by one to confess their secrets and their anger to the most unlikely mediums of Capote and Lee? Capote in Kansas is an unforgettable "what might have been" — a fantasia of ghosts seeking resolve and revenge, and memories and regret for a past that was, that will never be again.
  • Jwalextell
There have been a bevy of films and books within the last couple of years revolving around Truman Capote and his seminal work, In Cold Blood. It's his oft recognized masterpiece, a blend of fiction and fact previously never done before, setting the literary world on fire. And his eventual downfall. Same might be said for literary legend Harper Lee, who also reached the peak of her success, publishing what arguably could be considered the best book in American history, To Kill a Mockingbird (slipcased edition).
These two authors, former best friends and confidants, come together in Kim Powers new book, "Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story".

Power recreates the lives of these two authors by reflecting on the things that haunt both of them. For Truman, he is pursued by his imaginative ghosts of the Clutter Family, as well as the two killers, in his drunken hallucinations. Frightened, with no one really to turn to, he calls up Nelle, who speaks with him but fails to chase the ghosts away. Nelle herself has her own ghosts to contend with. She is pursued, not by spiritual beings, but by the fame that came with writing her masterpiece. She is the object of someone stalking her, who sends her a dead mockingbird in a box, along with pictures to show that she has been tailed in the past.

Powers magically strings both of these stories along, with a sparse prose reminiscent of the elegance of Le''s writing. At first, I was dubious to the plot, wondering how he would handle these two greats, but more importantly, how could he possibly shed any more light on this topic, which by now is starting to feel a little bit overdone. But, because this ultimately is a work of fiction, he is able to bend realities enough to make these ghost stories real enough, and compelling enough, to add to the current stream of knowledge. Both authors are brilliantly realized, and fit into their perspective slots in American Literature.

But perhaps my favorite was getting closer to one of my favorite authors, Harper Lee. A recent book written about her life, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee only made me long for more information about her. This story appeased that somewhat, as we as readers were invited into her closed world, if only in our imaginations. Perhaps Harper has one more book inside of her that she hasn't written yet. Perhaps she could write about Truman, and her days during this time. What a book that would be.
  • uspeh
This is a wonderful, thoughtful book by a new master of words. A creative concept that follows Harper Lee and Truman Capote in later years, with mysteries and blends fact with fiction. It is a book that makes you want to revist their work as well as revist his after you have done that.

Powers first novel is as good, if not better, than his memoir. Check them both out and savor.

Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story
  • Felhalar
I would surely find a spot on my list of the worst books I've ever read. The initial premise of the story drew my attention. The idea of Capote and Harper Lee being haunted by the ghosts of the Clutter family was intruiging. I was not expecting a "ghost story" in the traditional sense but was expecting something more than the dull and meandering narrative to be found here. Perhaps it would have worked better as a novella and not stretch a very, very thin premise over two-hundred and fifty pages. The image of Nancy Clutter appearing with her head swathed in gauze (as she and her family where presented in their caskets due to the nature of their savage wounds) is a chilling moment but that is pretty much it. When Capote calls Harper Lee raving that the ghost of Nancy was in his room on the first page I was hooked and ready for an experience but those hopes were very quickly dashed. I had just finished reading Mockingbird, a portrait of Harper Lee, which contains a lengthy section of them in Kansas gathering information of what would go on to become In Cold Blood. That was inifinitely more compelling than this entire book, just in writing and mood so compellingly captured. Here I never see either as real characters and are as vague and ghostly as the ones suppedly haunting them. But what annoyed me in particular was the actual writing---it's absolutely terrible. It is my own pet peeve to read a book that cannot structure proper paragraphs and instead breaks them into individual sentenses or sometimes merely an isolated word. To me it appears that it is shameless padding to make a book longer than it actually is. Used sparingly it is tolerable but it is used excessively in this book. If those little word islands were formed into proper paragraphs the book would be at least half it's current length. I cannot recommend this book even as an escapist novelty. It is a good idea totally wasted. If I were given the opportunity to make a movie out of it I would quickly trash everything but that core idea and start from scratch. It was a very disappointing read.