Review: The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Truman Capote befriended society matron Babe Paley and gained access to an exclusive inner circle of society women in 1950s New York. Truman was especially close to Babe and she and the other women in her social set became Truman’s “swans.” They enjoyed his stories and his gossip but Truman went too far when he featured them in one of his short stories.
When I saw Patty‘s description of The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin, I knew I had to read it and boy, am I glad I did. I don’t always care for historical fiction, but I adored this book with its cast of real high society women. Benjamin brings the characters to life as she tells this fascinating story filled with gossip and snappy dialogue.
I found the lifestyle these women led fascinating. Being filthy rich always sounds like a dream but it was actually a lot of work for Babe Paley and the rest of her group. I don’t think I’d be too good at it but I loved reading about it nonetheless. I loved learning more about Truman Capote as well. I’ve read his work but didn’t know that much about him personally. I found myself turning to Google quite often as I read this book and was pleased with how accurately Benjamin told the story.
Melanie Benjamin is now two for two for me and I can’t wait to read more of her work. I have a feeling The Swans of Fifth Avenue will be one of my favorite books of the year. Be sure to check it out!