Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town, The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits—an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies—who one day take up residence in a tree house. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom. But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, “that love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life.”
This volume also includes Capote’s A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called “unobtrusively beautiful . . . a superlative book.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Truman Capote may be best known for works like In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s—but this short novel is a tender fable about family love and the bonds of a small town. Newly orphaned teen Collin Fenwick lives with his aging aunts, Verena and Dolly. After Verena tries to take over Dolly’s medicine-making business, Dolly and Collin leave the family mansion and take up residence in a tree house—where other members of the community soon join them. Partly inspired by his own childhood memories, this is Capote at his sweetest and funniest. Humor and hijinks abound, but we were moved by the book’s emotion and sincerity, and we only wish that this warm, heartfelt side of Capote’s gift was as well-known as his sometimes-caustic wit.
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The Grass Harp review
What a wonderful little story told in the colorful way only Truman Capote could tell it. So descriptive! Loved it!
American Southern fiction
I enjoyed the lyrical language of the novel, GRASS HARP!
The series of short stories gave my wonder of Truman Capotes mental state. They were disjointed and more than strange rather like a bad psychedelic trip. I may try some more of his novels later just to verify my initial impression of his writing. Interesting experience, just not sure I want a repetition.