The Grass Harp, Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories by Truman CapoteSet 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 Capotes A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called unobstrusively beautiful...a superlative book.
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The horror stories in A Tree of Night and Other Stories involve recurring themes of isolation and emotional anxiety. The protagonists are not quite ready to grow up, whether they are adults or children. The adult characters are emotionally isolated and bear unresolved emotional conflicts from childhood. Overall the stories are noted for involving "sexual anxiety and dysfunction without solidly grounded detail. A Tree of Night and Other Stories received mixed reviews upon its publication. It firmly established Capote as a "Southern" writer alongside contemporaries such as William Faulkner or Tennessee Williams. The book received praise for its "enthralling style" and "remarkable beauty of language," but also received criticism for characters who "lack substance.
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