A Fictional Take on Famous Frenemies

Writer Kim Powers imagines an early-'80s reconciliation between former friends Harper Lee and Truman Capote in his fascinating new novel, Capote in Kansas.

BY Regina Marler

October 08 2007 12:00 AM ET

Capote in Kansas, not to be confused with a
2005 graphic novel of the same name by Andre Parks and Chris
Samnee, appears just three weeks before the paperback
release of Powers's gorgeous writing debut, 2006's
The History of Swimming, a memoir of his
relationship with his troubled twin brother, who died
of AIDS complications in 1991. (Powers had another
brother, who like the twins was gay, who died of AIDS
that same year.) Both Swimming and
Kansas are suspenseful, with quick-moving plots.
"This might come from my years writing for TV," Powers says.
"Or it could be that my literary influence is Nancy
Drew."

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