This is a lovely little novella, beautifully written and subtle. For those who think they know the story because they’ve seen the movie, think again.
Holly is not a character you like but she captivates you anyway, almost in the same way that all the men in the novel are drawn to her. You certainly wouldn’t want to live next door to her but you would want to be invited to her parties.
Truman Capote has done a terrific job capturing a particular era in a particular town with flawed but intriguing characters but don’t read this book expecting page-turning plot twists with everything nearly tied up at the end. This is a story that will leave you with fond memories but forever wondering…
*First published on Goodreads 13 March 2013