The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Title: The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Author: Melanie Benjamin

Published: January 26, 2016

Publisher:  Delacorte


A fictional story about the rise and fall of Truman Capote and the socialite women around him.  Specifically, the story of Capote’s friendship with Babe Paley and his betrayal of that friendship, all with one story: “La Côte Basque, 1965.”

New York City in the 1950s.  This books is as swanky and smooth as its setting would suggest.  Fictionalizing a set of real people and mostly true events always makes me nervous, but at the same time I’m drawn to them.  It’s like an extra-long tabloid story, juicy and scandalous and blurring the lines between fiction and reality. This story was fascinating and completely engrossing. I felt like I was on the outside looking in, getting an exclusive peek into the riches’ most intimate secrets. The characters are rich, lovely people.  Flawed yet, for the most part, likeable.

I don’t want to say anything more about the book other than: read it!  Nothing I write will be able to convey how absolutely wonderful this book was; the only thing that can do the book justice is actually reading the book.

Read this books if you like a scandalous read about the rich and famous.  Five stars.

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