紐約時報暢銷書The Aviator’s Wife作者Melanie Benjamin 重返文壇的力作。重現《第凡內早餐》 與《冷血》作者Truman Capote 和當時社交名媛Babe Paley不為人知的秘辛。
在為Richard Avedon的攝影集Observations的序文中，Truman Capote形容Babe Paley為「天鵝」——長達30 年，她被喻為紐約第一絕色衣香鬢影的紐約上流社會，沒有比Babe Paley更能呼風喚雨，受到追捧，她無瑕的容顏、時尚的穿著、精緻的品味，遊走金錢、權勢之間，身邊都是有影響力的朋友，第一任丈夫更是石油大亨之子，奢華生活下，她還是一名情女子，拼命嚮往真正的愛情。透過她，這個貌不驚人甚至還個性古怪的Truman Capote獲得進入曼哈頓上流社會的門票……寫到此，可想而知，這部本充滿八卦、緋聞、軼事的小說，透過作家整體鑄造再現鮮活的生命，呈現舊世界的美麗和殘酷。
The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends—the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman—a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.
Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller—even when the stories aren’t his to tell.
Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America’s most sumptuous eras.