From the bestselling author of Z - a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Fowler's new novel goes back to the origins of the Jazz Age - the Gilded Age of New York Society in the late 19th/early 20th century - with a the page-turning and sympathetic account of Alva Vanderbilt - the woman who rewrote the rules of New York Society.
OUTSPOKEN. BRAVE. BRILLIANT. FIERCE.
Alva Smith, her Southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America's great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York's old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement.
With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.
GOOD BEHAVIOUR WILL ONLY GET A WOMAN SO FAR.
About the Author
Therese Anne Fowler was born in Illinois and is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a BA in sociology and an MFA in creative writing.
Fascinating . . . a glittering depiction of a woman ahead of her time who absolutely refused to be second best - RedA fascinating tale of liberation and self-sufficiency that conjures up the work of Edith Wharton
. . . a wholly absorbing
tale that transports the reader to the Gilded Age of the 1800s. It's the perfect Sunday afternoon-in-bed read.
- StylistTherese Anne Fowler's portrait of this feisty, forward-thinking woman is enthralling
- Good HousekeepingFowler's Alva is tough, cagey and unwilling to settle for the role of high-society ornament - what's not to like?
- The Washington PostSure to enthral
- Harper's Bazaar
Like its subject, A Well-Behaved Woman
draws beauty from paradox: it is both detailed and fast-paced, loving and critical, heart-breaking and hopeful
- Chicago Review of BooksCaptivating . . . I dare you not to dive right in
- Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris WifeNothing short of mesmerising
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 30th October 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1