Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel

Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel

by Truman Capote


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Although Truman Capote’s last, unfinished novel offers a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
Tracing  the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently finny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679751823
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1994
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 323,727
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Truman Capote was born September 30, 1924, in New Orleans. After his parents’ divorce, he was sent to live with relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. It was here he would meet his lifelong friend, the author Harper Lee. Capote rose to international prominence in 1948 with the publication of his debut novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms. Among his celebrated works are Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Tree of Night, The Grass Harp, Summer Crossing, A Christmas Memory, and In Cold Blood, widely considered one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. Twice awarded the O. Henry Short Story Prize, Capote was also the recipient of a National Institute of Arts and Letters Creative Writing Award and an Edgar Award. He died August 25, 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

Date of Birth:

September 30, 1924

Date of Death:

August 25, 1984

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut

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Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though it is Truman Capote's unfinished manuscript that you are reading, I could not think of a more genius thing than reading God himself, (though God may be hard to find in this text). Wrapped up in the tales of the rich and famous, the narrator catapults between the present and the past and weaves a tale that is scathing and revealing of all the truths and faults of man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a junior in high school, nothing was more captivating to read. I was turned on to Capote, by this unfinished novel filled with similes and metaphors. Crass and beautiful at once!
MsDLB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
scandal, gossip, high society, socialites, hustler, gay, homosexual, bisexual, fiction, capote, truman capte, unfinished work, final novel, scandalous, celebrities
jennyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For years after Capote published In Cold Blood, he told everyone he was working on a masterpiece that would rival Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. It would be called Answered Prayers, and it would incorporate everything Capote knew about writing both fiction and nonfiction.Unfortunately, though he thought about the work obsessively, he only wrote three chapters. Those chapters are what make up this book. And they leave you positively hungering for more. Answered Prayers is a roman a clef where the names have been changed, but certainly not to protect the innocent. I don't think there's an innocent character in this book. They're all obsessed with sex or money or power. And sometimes the name change is the only thing fictional about the character.This book is a perfect companion read to Capote by Gerald Clarke because in it you get the facts that form the basis of the barely disguised fiction in this one.This is a must read for fans of Capote. But it will leave you wishing he'd spent more time writing and less time boozing and pilling his way to the grave.
Tiss More than 1 year ago
Love most of Capote's writing but this crap is gratuitous drivel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago