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Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Swans of Fifth Avenue
This is the story of writer Truman Capote and his intense,
complicated friendship with the women he dubbed The Swans during the 1950’s.
Truman watched these women with awe and as his writing career escalated he
slowly immersed himself deeply into the lives of Babe Paley, C.Z. Guest and
Gloria Guiness, to name a few. Truman, a talented, flamboyant character was
invited to stay on their yachts, visit their homes and get invited to the most
important parties. Escaping from the south and a troubled childhood, Truman was
desperate for things that were beautiful, dying to be loved. He became
incredibly close to Babe Paley and her CBS Executive husband, Bill. Truman
discovered their deepest darkest secrets and tucked them away in his little notebook.
After a few years of clawing his way to the top and writing the biggest novel
of his life (In Cold Blood) Truman experiences complete and utter self-
destruction. This period is insanely glamorous and the riches and lives these
women lead is almost unbelievable. Fabulous author Melanie Benjamin (The
Aviator’s Wife -#unputdownable) has once again brought us back in time through
her detailed, well researched story of these outrageous characters who were the
IT girls of their time. Highly recommend BUT only if this period interests you.
The story is easy to read but the shallow women and unstable Capote left me
feeling empty and well, I was glad it ended swiftly.