The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2016-10-25
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Melanie Benjamin
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢Â TheÂ author of The Aviatorâs Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New Yorkâs âSwansâ of the 1950sâand the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
Peopleâs Book of the Week â¢Â USA Todayâs #1 âNew and Noteworthyâ Book â¢Â Entertainment Weeklyâs Must List â¢ LibraryReads Top Ten Pick
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 friendsâthe 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 prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate womanâa 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 entrÃ©e into the enviable lives of Manhattanâs elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babeâs powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls âTrue Heart,â Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storytellerâeven when the stories arenât his to tell.
Trumanâs 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, heâll 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 Americaâs most sumptuous eras.
Praise for The Swans of Fifth Avenue
âExceptional storytelling . . . teeming with scandal, gossip and excitement.ââHarperâs Bazaar
âThis moving fictionalization brings the whole cast of characters back to vivid life. Gossipy and fun, itâs also a nuanced look at the beauty and cruelty of a rarefied, bygone world.ââPeople
âThe era and the sordid details come back to life in this jewel of a novel.ââO: The Oprah Magazine
âA catty, juicy read thatâs like a three-martini lunch.ââUSA Today
â[Captures] the mesmerizing sparkle and scandal of New York high society in the 1950s.ââChicago Tribune
âTantalizing . . . Readers will fall into a world of glitz, glamour and the exciting life of the rich and famous. The details and conversations are so rich, you may forget you're reading a novel.ââAssociated Press
âHighly entertaining.ââThe Washington Post
âTake Gossip Girl and move it to the 50s.ââtheSkimm
âThe strange and fascinating relationship between Capote and his âswansâ is wonderfully reimagined in this engrossing novelââSara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
âYour next must-read book-club selection.ââJamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
From the Hardcover edition.