Provocative and disturbing, Truman Capote’s first published novel is a meditation on how fate can debase youthful expectations. Joel Knox seeks his long-absent father and his own future, but nothing turns out as planned.
when he spied the bluejay feather. It was fioating above his head, as if held by a spider's thread. He plucked it out of the air, carried it to the bureau and deposited it in the lacquered box, which was lined with red plush; it also occurred to him that this would be a good place to store Sam Radclif’s bullet.