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A Well-Behaved Woman : A novel of the Vanderbilts - Therese Anne Fowler

A Well-Behaved Woman

A novel of the Vanderbilts

Paperback Published: 30th October 2018
ISBN: 9781473632516
Number Of Pages: 576

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From the bestselling author of Z - a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Fowler's new novel goes back to the origins of the Jazz Age - the Gilded Age of New York Society in the late 19th/early 20th century - with a the page-turning and sympathetic account of Alva Vanderbilt - the woman who rewrote the rules of New York Society.


Alva Smith, her Southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America's great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York's old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement.

With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.


About the Author

Therese Anne Fowler was born in Illinois and is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a BA in sociology and an MFA in creative writing.

Fowler's Alva is tough, cagey and unwilling to settle for the role of high-society ornament - what's not to like? - The Washington Post

Like its subject, A Well-Behaved Woman draws beauty from paradox: it is both detailed and fast-paced, loving and critical, heart-breaking and hopeful - Chicago Review of Books

Sure to enthral - Harper's Bazaar

Captivating . . . I dare you not to dive right in - Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife

Nothing short of mesmerising - Kirkus

ISBN: 9781473632516
ISBN-10: 147363251X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 30th October 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1