Truman Capote and The Swans of Fifth Avenue

New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin‘s newest book is The Swans of Fifth Avenue. It is the story of Truman Capote and New York’s 1950s socialites: Slim Keith, C.Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, Pamela Churchill, and Babe Paley. These women are otherwise known as New York’s “Swans”. In 1975, after years of friendship (particularly between Capote and Babe), Capote published a thinly veiled story about the Swans’s deepest, darkest secrets–which left everyone reeling, and Capote ousted from their society. Melanie Benjamin writes meticulously and fantastically of this event, what led up to it, and how Capote and Babe became such fast, deep friends. Read more

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