Book Review…The Swans of Fifth Avenue

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My book club read The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin this past month and I had them all over last night….book club, not the swans.  It’s a fictionalized account of Truman Capote and his relationship with the society women he called his swans.  The people and some events were true, but Benjamin takes liberties with some events too and conversations that may or may not have taken place.

The book starts out very dishy and gossipy and we all thought it would be an “I can’t wait to get home and read it” kind of book.  It was not….but it was an interesting and very disturbing look at the top 1%.  It’s hard to believe at times how out of touch with reality these people are and their lack of moral compass.  Let’s just say Truman Capote was not a nice man…great author, but not a nice man.  I enjoyed the book and all the references to New York City and I would recommend it, but it’s not a “can’t put it down” kind of book.

I do love a theme though and decorating the table is always the most fun when I have a dinner party!

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a FABULOUS group of women…we’re missing a few that couldn’t make it….and the picture taker, Melissa
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all that’s left of the yummy, decadent dessert that Mimi brought

 You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

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