Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Truman Capote

In Brief

This is the story of a year in the life of Holly Golightly, told by her star-struck neighbor. Holly is beautiful, mysterious, enchanting, and has a great many gentleman callers. She seems to glide along the surface of life, hedonistic, unattached, a temporary visitor with undefined plans. She’s warm and open-hearted, generous and thoughtful, and loyal to her friends. She’s also mixed up in some kind of illegal activity, and is coldly calculating in her quest for a rich husband. She’s a modern day Cinderella - dragging herself out of grinding poverty, putting on her glad rags, and searching for a prince with a big shiny castle.

Why you should read it

Set aside a Sunday afternoon, pour yourself a glass of wine (this is not a cup of tea book), settle into a comfortable chair, and spend a few hours in 1940s Manhattan. Truman Capote’s crisp and witty prose will transport you to a world of high society, cocktail parties and sartorial elegance. You’ll fall in love with Holly Golightly (everyone does), you’ll root for her when the universe conspires to derail her dreams, and you’ll shed a little tear at one of the most finely crafted and wrenching goodbye scenes in literature (and perhaps the only one featuring a marmalade tom cat).

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