Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story

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Da Capo Press, Sep 23, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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.

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This is a weird "ghost story" about Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Capote, and the break-up of their friendship. It's really quite sad and pitiful, and I actually got teary at the end. But I'm not sure who I would recommend it to; in fact I haven't recommended it to anyone. Read full review

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User Review  - seasonsoflove - LibraryThing

Capote in Kansas by Kim Powers A fantastical and heartbreaking tale, Capote in Kansas imagines the minds and lives of Truman Capote and Harper Lee in the later years of their lives, after their ... Read full review


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Kim Powers is an Emmy- and Peabody- Award-winning writer who has worked on ABC's Good Morning America and Primetime. He lives in New York City.

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