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ISBN: 0679751823

ISBN13: 9780679751823

Answered Prayers

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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 C te Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as...

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Unanswered gems

Although "Answered Prayers" can be read as dated since most of it's "characters" live in the 1960's and 1970's, there is still marvelous prose and stories that pique the interest. Capote had promised to complete several short stories for this tome, but this collection contains only three. All of them are marvels to read, but the last, "La Cote Basque", is a stinging expose of the New York Socialite clique. Not only does Capote mention real celebrities, but he also exposes the deepest and darkest secrets of high society with a thin veil. It's no wonder he was ostracized from this egregious group. Some of the events he describes are beyond scandalous, yet witty and viciously funny. He somehow manages to bring the `so-called' social deviants to the same level as the most respected socialites, making it clear that money is the only difference. The Editor's Note is the most intriguing part of the book, as it describes how Capote managed to promise to produce these stories for years without delivering and obtained millions from the publishers, enabling him to live with a high level of social activity. He was a celebrity as well as an author and a clever, if not conniving man. The biggest tragedy is that so many stories will never be read due to his early alcoholic induced death. Still, these three stories are inspired gems.

answered prayers

Oh My GOD! This is by far one of the most disturbing, amazingly tragic books that I have ever read. Buy this book and feel the pain and suffering that only Truman Capote can emote in the written word. Damn him for not finishing it, and pity us for being denied the finished work.

Brilliant---like all Capote's works

Capote tells us many stories in ANSWERED PRAYERS...the story of the Upper East Side lawyer who whores himself to pay his son's way at Exeter, the new wife who murders her husband for fear of losing the money into which she's married, and the hauntingly beautiful Kate McCloud, the toast of St. Moritz, who plots to kidnap her child from her new husband, whom she rightfully suspects is trying to kill her. It is also the story of Capote's dark doppleganger, P.B. Jones, and the self-loathing hue in which he paints his life in episodes of both tremendous scandal and surprising pathos. The greatest story, however, the one with which this fragment tantalizes the reader, is the story of a man and a separate society whose worse fate was to have every prayer they ever offered up answered, in spades. Answered Prayers is the novel Truman Capote never finished, but the one his most ardent fans wish he had finished, above all others. Also highly recommended: THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by Jackson McCrae.


First of all, let me say this: I am a Truman Capote fanatic, an absolute Truman Capote maniac. I read "Answered Prayers" when I was in the 11th grade, and I was so angry that he died before he could finish it. I devour Capote's work as though it were an edible delicacy, or as though it were a lunar eclipse, something that is so incredibly rare, something to be cherished by all. I love "Answered Prayers" because it is like a man spilling secrets about his high-class, muckety-muck friends. Damaging secrets, secrets that we all knew they would refute, though we knew they were true. Secrets like Montgomery Clift's homosexuality. This book was rather vulgar, depicting Capote's wilder side, the Capote side that rages like a forest fire, rages unchecked. Read this book, do yourself a favor, read this book.~Steven Harvey

Amazing, Brilliant

The existing, published chapters of Answered Prayers constitute the most intelligent, edgy and well focused prose in American literature. The stories are dark and intimate, deep confession in the purest American tradition.Capote took hell for writing these chapters. The doors into society he worked all his life to pry open were slammed shut, as his most famous friends read their lives printed in Esquire, where these works were originally published serially. Detractors that say his stories are innacurate should note this reaction from those he depicted.Another chapter originally meant for Answered Prayers is Mojave, published in Music for Chameleons, and is excellent as well.

Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel Mentions in Our Blog

Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel in The Venomous Pens of Feuding Authors
The Venomous Pens of Feuding Authors
Published by William Shelton • March 29, 2021

Casting disparaging remarks about contemporaries seems to be a hallmark of great writers. Afterall, Andre Gide could never decide if he worshiped at the shrine of Oscar Wilde, or despised his poisoned pen flamboyance. Particularly among the post World War II American writers that published so prolifically, they measured their own success by the personal failures of their fellow writers. Here we offer a peek at some of the most enduring feuds of writers like Gore Vidal and Anais Nin.

Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel in The Tumultuous Friendship of Truman Capote and Harper Lee
The Tumultuous Friendship of Truman Capote and Harper Lee
Published by William Shelton • December 28, 2020
Born in New Orleans, Truman Capote was frequently deposited at the Monroeville home of his eccentric cousins. The location had only one redeeming quality for him: next door lived a young girl who would initially beat him up, then befriend him—She was Nelle Harper Lee. From then on their worlds and works collided, bringing the world some of its most enduring classics, as well as an enduring literary feud.
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