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The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin
The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.   Of all the glamorous... show more
The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.   Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends—the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a high-profile husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman—a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.   Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller—even when the stories aren’t his to tell.   Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America’s most sumptuous eras.   Praise for Melanie Benjamin’s The Aviator’s Wife   “Exhilarating . . . Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.” —USA Today   “Remarkable . . . The Aviator’s Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh’s life with her famous husband.”—The Denver Post   “Will fascinate history buffs and surprise those who know of [Anne Lindbergh] only as ‘the aviator’s wife.’ ”—People   “It’s hard to quit reading this intimate historical fiction.”—The Dallas Morning News   “Fictional biography at its finest.”—Booklist (starred review)   “An intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow.”—The Washington Post
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780345528698 (0345528697)
ASIN: 0345528697
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
2.0 The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel
This is a fictional account of a real life group of 'friends' or actually a click of socialites. They gossip and shop. They have work done to be perfect and talk about others. They're bread for marriage. Truman Capote infiltrates their little group. He's a real piece of work too. This book jus...
Lavender
Lavender rated it
4.0 The Swans of Fifth Avenue - Melanie Benjamin
Truman Capote admired beauty. Beautiful things and beautiful people. In his youth he was a handsome man, elfish and funny. He knew that he had a talent and he charmed himself into the circle of the rich and beautiful people of the New Yorker society. The filled their live with laughter and fun. He b...
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it
3.0 The Swans of Fifth Avenue
I picked this book up from NetGalley a while ago, but it went to the top of my list after I saw the movie Capote. Honestly, I watch very few movies in comparison to the amount of books I read, but this movie really affected me. What was most impressive to me was the fact that I watched it on a frien...
Toni
Toni rated it
2.0 "The Swans of Fifth Avenue", by Melanie Benjamin
This is a fictionalized account about the literary legend Truman Capote and the glamorous star and socialite, Babe Paley. In the 50’s they were the talk of the town and hot stuff of tabloid. Although Babe was married to CBS titan Bill Paley she soon made the flamboyant Truman her favorite on lunch d...
Confuzzled Books
Confuzzled Books rated it
5.0 Voices of the past are awakened in this historical fiction
Based on a real friendship of socialites and an author taking place at a different time in the USA. Author Truman Capote made a name for himself after writing Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. His fame gave him a ticket to parties in New York that would introduce him to a group of woman f...
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