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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melanie Benjamin Narrator: Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781101922767
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The New York Times bestselling author give us a triumphant 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.

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 high-profile 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • “Fans of vintage New York glamour who loved books such as Amor Towles’ 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.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Benjamin’s fact-based narrative captures the era’s juiciest scandals and wildest extravagances…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.’"

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In her extraordinary new novel, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, perfectly narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Paul Boehmer, Melanie Banjamin has channeled Capote and, even more expertly, Paley, taking us inside her exquisite homes, into her love for Capote, and into his ultimate betrayal of her and her classy clique.”

    BookPage, Top Pick in Audio

  • A January 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • A USA Today Pick of New and Notable Books
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • A BookPage Top Pick in Audio for May 2016
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About the Author
Author Melanie BenjaminMelanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, who has written two contemporary novels. She is the author of the nationally bestselling Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.