Fruitcake Weather: Queer/Disabled Community in Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"

Scott St. Pierre


This essay argues for a politically-inflected re-evaluation of Truman Capote’s classic holiday story “A Christmas Memory.”  It proposes, in contrast to prevailing readings of the tale as a de-politicized, nostalgic children’s story, that the text makes a compelling case for politically engaged, resistant community building by its disabled and queer characters, an important action rooted in the shared political interests of queer and disabled people.


Keywords: intellectual disability, sexuality, community action, nostalgia, literary criticism



intellectual disability; sexuality; community action; nostalgia; literary criticism

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