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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: J. Paul Boehmer, 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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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 List • LibraryReads 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 Sweet


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Quotes & Awards

  • People’s Book of the Week • USA Today’s #1 “New and Noteworthy” Book • Entertainment Weekly’s Must List • LibraryReads Top Ten Pick
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The season’s must-read guilty pleasure, a delicious amalgam of wit, gossip, beauty, and scandal, meticulously researched and cleverly imagined . . . From Truman Capote’s devious charm to Babe Paley’s tragic glamour, Melanie Benjamin conjures, in vivid detail, a lost world. Michael Callahan, author of Searching for Grace Kelly
  • A deliciously spiky novel of love and betrayal. Alex George, author of A Good American
  • Heart-rending . . . at once gossipy, intimate, poignant, and astonishingly perceptive. Robin Oliveira, bestselling author of I Always Loved You
  • “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

  • A beautifully written story of friendship, love, and betrayal, The Swans of Fifth Avenue is a fascinating look at a gossipy, glamorous world filled with brilliant and vulnerable people. Every moment of triumph and tragedy is riveting, and Melanie Benjamin makes this gilded world come alive in a funny and moving novel that captivates from the first page to the last. Edward Kelsey Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat
  • A compulsively readable tale of friendship, betrayal, tragedy, and unconventional love. Renée Rosen, bestselling author of What the Lady Wants
  • “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 Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin is the author of several critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling historical novels, including The Aviator’s Wife and Alice I Have Been.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine 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.