Although Truman Capote’s last, unfinished novel offers a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
Tracing the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently finny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.
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It's Capote, so I trust that it's amazing, but the sample is all notes and introduction and indicia and blurbs. By the time you finally reach the book itself, the sample is done. How can you tell anything about the book when the sample is only two paragraphs long?