Swan Song by @kgjephcott
encapsulates an era of extreme wealth, bringing to life individuals who achieved notoriety for many reasons, but who all had one thing in common, a friendship with the enigmatic Truman Capote. 📖
Truman Capote counted many socialites as his close friends and they in turn trusted him with their innermost thoughts and secrets. Among these women, his ‘Swans’, were Lady Slim Keith, Lee Radziwill. Marella Agnelli, Gloria Guinness, CZ Guest and Babe Paley. 📖
In 1975, in an act that could only be described as ‘social suicide’, Truman Capote’s expose on the lives of these women in Esquire, was a step too far.
Having never read any books on Truman Capote before, I found Swan Song to be an extraordinary read. The attention to detail and the amount of research is evident throughout with an expressive and intense dialogue. I am not in any way an aficionado of the life and times of Truman Capote, so my review is purely subjective of my own experience in reading Swan Song. I adored the descriptions of the jet-set lifestyle. I was completely engrossed in the story, the lives, the wealth, the backlash, the fall, the domino effect and the eventual death of a man Kelleigh Greenburg-Jephcott describes as a ‘boy genius’
A stunning debut, a whirlwind of scintillating descriptions and dramatic tales. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you do too!!
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