my review of The Swans of 5th Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
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How shall I put this… The Swans of 5th Avenue by Melanie Benjamin was…good. That was so anticlimactic, but I can’t think of a better word to describe it.

Now don’t get me wrong, this book was great! Fascinating even. It’s just not a page turner. I found it interesting because the topic was something I knew about but didn’t fully understand.

Let’s recap it.

Swans is about Barbara “Babe” Paley and her friends- the upper society of New Yorkers. In comes Truman Capote who loves to gossip and is in the height of his literary career (he publishes Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood during the events in this book).

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Long story short- Truman is Babe’s true love and they’re practically attached at the hip. Everyone is shrouded by secrecy and they all spill their secretes to Truman who is a story teller and uses their stories to fuel his creativity.

You can guess how it ends.

It may be historical fiction and you may think you know the whole story, but this novel explores everyone’s thoughts, backgrounds and exposes everyone’s secret lives.

I kinda wish I got this novel as an ebook because I was constantly looking up characters, events, movies well everything that happened 60+ years ago. So if you’re curious about everything (like me) make sure your phone, tablet or computer is near by.

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short recap: Interesting if you’re in to society secrets.  

Oh and it’s called ‘The Swans of Fifth Avenue’ because Truman calls Babe and all her friends “swans” because they crane their graceful necks toward each other when gossiping.

I’m reading The Perfect Girl now- view my reading list here.

Have you read The Swans of Fifth Avenue? Will you read it?




P.S. It really is like Gossip Girl, but in the 50s.

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  • I have heard about this book before! Now I really want to read it! It’s sounds so intriguing! xoRach |

  • Gossip girl in the 50’s?! IM IN 😍

    • Haha there were several parts where I linked it to GG.

  • Marvina Musser

    Sounds interesting…I may have to check this out. I love to read and I read and I’m always looking for new books to read. Thanks for sharing.

    • It was cool to read about that part of history.

  • Sonyo Estavillo

    Sounds like an interesting book, but for some reason I’ve never been able to get in to the 50’s era. Period pieces are hard for me to stomach. But, I tend to read on average about 2 books a week. 🙂

    • Goodness 2 books a week! That’s awesome.

  • Sounds like a good book. Not really what I’m reading right now, but I know some people who would love it.

    xx, Melissa

    • Yeah it’s definitely a niche read.

  • Momma Addict

    I love how you describe this book! I have read many books that dragged on and were very detailed like this. I really liked them but don’t really recommend them. Kind of my own private joy! Great review

  • Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres but I haven’t read one lately. Thanks for this review!

  • This sounds so good! I’m in need of a good new book!

  • ohhh i think i would like it!

  • Ash Neverson

    i love this recap, seems like a pretty good book!

  • Anna Hubbard

    I haven’t actually read this! It sounds like a good book though!

  • OMG your first sentence got me laughing out loud. I can literally hear that awkward pause LOL. Judging from your review, I don’t think I’ll touch it haha. It’s just not up my alley

    Shi Hui | IreviewUread

    • Lol that’s how I wanted it to sound! Yay!

  • thesophiadiaries

    ohhhh, never heard of this book – i gotta look into it! I always notice the cover of the book tho haha

    • Lol I do too even though we’re not supposed to!

  • No prob!

  • haven’t read — awkward pause lol

  • I LOVED reading the Breakfast at Tiffany’s novella and Truman Capote is such a fascinating writer! Interesting to have Babe fall in love with Truman as he was openly gay. I think I’ll pick this book up the next time I’m doing some Amazon shopping – this looks right up my alley!
    Great review! :]

    • It was interesting! He even says at one point that he would marry Babe in a heartbeat if he could.

  • mckenna bleu

    I loved gossip girl so anything even close to that I will love! lol

    • Lol it would be perfect then haha.

  • Sounds interesting! I’ll have to check it out!

  • This book sounds like something that I would absolutely love! Adding it to my summer reading list. Thank you for the recommendation 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • It’s more of a good rainy day read than a beach read haha.

  • Not super into historical fiction but I loved reading your review!

    Kayla |