Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel. From the Hardcover edition.
"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 "Shamelessly gossipy . . . 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 "[Melanie] Benjamin has given us a compelling look at an American icon, a talented yet vulnerable man, and the complex woman he loved in his own distinctive way."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "The strange and fascinating relationship between Truman Capote and his 'swans' is wonderfully reimagined in this engrossing novel. It's a credit to Benjamin that we end up caring so much for these women of power, grace, and beauty--and for Capote, too."--Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants "A delicious tale . . . Melanie Benjamin has turned Truman Capote's greatest scandal into your next must-read book-club selection."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet "Reading The Swans of Fifth Avenue is like being ushered into a party where you're offered champagne and fed the sumptuous secrets of New York's elite--without having to pay the price afterward. The swans are outmatched only by the elegance of Melanie Benjamin's prose--captivatingly earnest and sophisticated."--Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers "Benjamin convincingly portrays a large cast of colorful historical figures while crafting a compelling, gossipy narrative with rich emotional depth."--Library Journal "The beautiful people of the fifties and sixties glitter in this riveting tale of betrayal and greed. . . . Irresistible, astonishing, and told with verve . . . not to be missed."--Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe