Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls. Buddy and his eccentric elderly cousin set out on a crisp day in November to reenact their holiday ritual of baking fruitcake. From poaching pecans to counting precious pennies, Buddy and his cousin manage to turn a traditional holiday practice into a declaration of true friendship and love.
First published in 1956, this autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic.
"a tiny gem of a holiday story" — School Library Journal, starred review