Summary (Popular Penguins website)
Flame-haired Grady McNeil is beautiful, rich and defiant. Her privileged society life leaves her wanting, and excitement comes in the form of the highly unsuitable Clyde, a Brooklyn-born, Jewish parking attendant. When Grady’s mother and father leave her alone one summer in their New York penthouse, her secret affair intensifies and she is forced to make decisions that will alter her future indelibly. Truman Capote’s recently discovered debut novel is a captivating portrayal of first love.
I haven’t read any Truman Capote before, although I have always loved the movie Breakfast at Tiffanys and have that novel on my TBR pile.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and have to say that I found the plot of Summer Crossing a little shallow and the ending far too abrupt. This is perhaps not so surprising given that this novel was ‘discovered’ only relatively recently and is evidence of Capote’s earliest writing career.
Despite my issues with the plot, I found the imagery of the book quite captivating and very evocative and I read the novel quite quickly. The afterword by Alan R Schwartz, Capote’s lawyer and trustee of The Truman Capote Literary Trust, was also very interesting, particularly as I was not particularly familiar with Capote’s personal story.
Review Copy Details
Title: Summer Crossing
Author: Truman Capote
Publisher: Penguin Books (Australia), 2009 [Popular Penguins series]
Genre: General Fiction