Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing is a novel about first love, set in New York just after WW2. The story follows a young, socialite Grady who is a unique and interesting character. Grady’s parents leave New York to spend the Summer in France, whilst Grady decides to stay in New York. Grady’s time alone in New York quickly reveals a more scandalous side to her life.
Summer Crossing was found in 2000 and finally published in 2005 by his friend and trustee Alan. U. Schwartz (despite the possibility that Capote may not have ever published it in his own lifetime). Although it is possible that Capote never meant it to be published and read, I am glad his trustee made the decision to publish the novel, which was written very early in his career before the much-loved Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The novel is a clear precursor to Breakfast at Tiffany’s with the naÏve, but independent and spirited Grady living in New York. The writing reflects the Capote style that readers know from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with beautiful descriptions of Manhatten, Central Park and other well know parts of New York City.
The plot moves with relatively quick pace creating a story you want to keep reading. The novels pace increases before hitting its climax in an exciting and unexpected ending.
For anyone who enjoys reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s I would definitely recommend this tale of life, love and scandal.