The swans of fifth avenue [electronic resource] : A Novel. Melanie Benjamin.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The 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.People's Book of the Week • USA Today's #1 "New and Noteworthy" Book • Entertainment Weekly's Must ListLibraryReads 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 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 prestigious 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 The Swans of Fifth Avenue"Exceptional storytelling . . . teeming with scandal, gossip and excitement."—Harper's Bazaar "This moving fictionalization brings the whole cast of characters back to vivid life. Gossipy and fun, it's also a nuanced look at the beauty and cruelty of a rarefied, bygone world."—People"The era and the sordid details come back to life in this jewel of a novel."—O: The Oprah Magazine "A catty, juicy read that's like a three-martini lunch."—USA Today "[Captures] the mesmerizing sparkle and scandal of New York high society in the 1950s."—Chicago Tribune"Tantalizing . . . 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."—Associated Press "Highly entertaining."—The Washington Post "Take Gossip Girl and move it to the 50s."—theSkimm"The strange and fascinating relationship between Capote and his 'swans' is wonderfully reimagined in this engrossing novel"—Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants "Your next must-read book-club selection."—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetFrom the Hardcover edition.
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      Electronic reproduction. New York : Delacorte Press, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2330 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
    • ISBN:
      9780345539755 (electronic bk)
    • Accession Number:
      fay.608827
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    • ABNT:
      BENJAMIN, M. The swans of fifth avenue. [electronic resource] : A Novel. [S. l.: s. n.]. ISBN 9780345539755. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.608827. Acesso em: 2 abr. 2020.
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      Benjamin M. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. [Electronic Resource] : A Novel.; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.608827. Accessed April 2, 2020.
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      Benjamin, M. (2016). The swans of fifth avenue. [electronic resource] : A Novel.
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      Benjamin, Melanie. 2016. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.608827.
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      Benjamin, M. (2016) The swans of fifth avenue. [electronic resource] : A Novel. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.608827 (Accessed: 2 April 2020).
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      Benjamin, M 2016, The swans of fifth avenue. [electronic resource] : A Novel, viewed 2 April 2020, .
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      Benjamin, Melanie. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.608827.
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      Benjamin, Melanie. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. [Electronic Resource] : A Novel, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.608827.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Benjamin M. The swans of fifth avenue. [electronic resource] : A Novel [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2020 Apr 2]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.608827

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2015 August #1

Best known for The Aviator's Wife, which dwelled on the New York Times extended best sellers list for three months, Benjamin here offers something even juicier: fiction about Truman Capote's relationship with diamond-bright Babe Paley and other high-society "swans" in 1950s New York.

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LJ Reviews 2015 September #1

The dazzling world of the elite in 1950s and 1960s New York is the setting for this fourth novel by best-selling historical fiction author Benjamin (The Aviator's Wife). Riding high on his early literary successes, Truman Capote delights in the company of his "swans," a circle of wealthy married women attracted to both his impish charisma and his love of good gossip. Chief among these women is Barbara "Babe" Paley, the always immaculately dressed and groomed wife of CBS president William S. Paley, who allows herself to be vulnerable around Capote in a way she can never be with her powerful husband. When a desperate Capote betrays his swans by publishing their darkest secrets, friendships crumble and hearts break. VERDICT Fans of vintage New York glamour who loved books such as Amor Towles's Rules of Civility will relish this chance to experience vicariously the lives (and fashion choices!) of the city's rich and famous. Benjamin convincingly portrays a large cast of colorful historical figures while crafting a compelling, gossipy narrative with rich emotional depth. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 7/6/15.]—Mara Bandy, Champaign P.L., IL

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PW Reviews 2015 October #4

In 1975, a clique of Manhattan socialites discover that literary lion Truman Capote revealed their dirtiest laundry to the world in a story published to great fanfare in Esquire—a real-life event that inspires this novel. As the women (the metaphorical swans of the novel's title) face his perfidy, they attempt to untangle an intimacy with Capote that dates back to 1955. Though Marella Agnelli, C.Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, Pamela Churchill Harriman, and Slim Keith all feel betrayed, it's style icon Babe Paley who suffers most. Unconventional, brilliant, and voraciously ambitious, Capote seems an unlikely confidante for a woman celebrated solely for marrying, living, and looking well, but the loneliness and insecurity the two both hide forges a deep bond. Babe trusts "True Heart" enough to reveal shameful secrets, from her false teeth to her powerful husband's sordid philandering; tragically, if predictably, Capote's desperation for writing fodder proves more powerful than love. Benjamin's (The Aviator's Wife) fact-based narrative captures the era's juiciest scandals and wildest extravagances, but readers expecting the sympathetic protagonists of her earlier books may be disappointed by the diffuse and chilly cast of characters here. With an unabashed delight in bitchy gossip and lavish lifestyles, the novel's themes are sober ones: the double-edged power of telling our stories, the ways we test and punish those we love, and the psychic cost of life lived by the mantra "appearance matters most." (Jan.)

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