Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story

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Carroll & Graf, 2007 - Fiction - 254 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 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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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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The History of Swimming author Kim Powers is an Emmy and Peabody-winning writer (for his 9/11 coverage) who’s worked at both ABC’s Good Morning America and Primetime. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film Finding North, which plays frequently on the Sundance Channel and is available on DVD. He was also a staff writer for the AMC series The Lot. Prior to writing, he was an executive developing numerous projects for various film and TV companies in New York, and was a producer for PBS’s Great Performances,. A native Texan, he currently lives in New York City and Asbury Park, New Jersey, with his partner, Tony winning costume designer Jess Goldstein, and their dog Scoop.

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