What can YOU say in six sentences?
"Answered prayers cause more tears than those that remain unanswered." Saint Teresa of Avila
Despite having a hideous name like Truman Streckfus Persons, born to parents called Lillie Mae and Carchulus, he could have had it all.
His mother later remarried, renamed her son Truman Garcia Capote, and I wonder if the name changed him, if he'd have been worse off with Persons, like Bill Clinton might have been as Bill Blythe or that nameless doctor in Hope, Arkansas a few claim was Bill's father; names tell their own story, which is why celebrities change them.
Truman was larger than life, an illusion that fattened his ego for the big kill, aided by a natural tendency to binge on alcohol and attention.
Friends saw the first few chapters of his final novel in Esquire and were friends no more. They were written as characters thinly disguised as fictional, their deep dark secrets exposed.
Those few scathing chapters from his tell-all novel, Answered Prayers, ended the big life he'd always wanted long before the remainder of the novel was published posthumously, unfinished.