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).
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.
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.
Have you read The Swans of Fifth Avenue? Will you read it?
P.S. It really is like Gossip Girl, but in the 50s.