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Like a prayer

Brilliant first novel imagines the inside story of Truman Capote’s final work


Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott/Hutchinson

In 1975, Esquire magazine published extracts from what would turn out to be Truman Capote’s final — unfinished — novel, Answered Prayers, detonating a literary grenade that would scandalise American high society. Exposing the closely guarded secrets of Manhattan’s jet set, the truths that Capote expertly charmed from the lips of these socialites over expensive cocktails in exclusive restaurants, would ultimately leave him socially ostracised as he spiralled ever deeper into drink-and-drug addictions. Moving back and forth from the 1940s to the 1980s, Swan Song is the impressively imagined story of Capote’s childhood, blossoming career, and how the affairs and indiscretions exposed in Answered Prayers may have actually played out. The result is a deliciously gossipy imploding opera of scandal, set in the halcyon days of American high society. Simultaneously fabulous and tragic, Swan Song is an incredibly accomplished debut. 14 June

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