The Swans of Fifth Avenue – A Story About Truman Capote

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Goodreads Synopsis: Centered on two dynamic, complicated, and compelling protagonists—Truman Capote and Babe Paley—this book is steeped in the glamour and perfumed and smoky atmosphere of New York’s high society. Babe Paley—known for her high-profile marriage to CBS founder William Paley and her ranking in the International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame—was one of the reigning monarchs of New York’s high society in the 1950s. Replete with gossip, scandal, betrayal, and a vibrant cast of real-life supporting characters, readers will be seduced by this startling new look at the infamous society swans.

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I read Breakfast at Tiffany’s a couple years ago, and the movie is one I watch at least every year. So I had to read this book obviously. Historical fiction about a writer? Give me all the books like this and I will be forever happy. 🙂

The Swans of Fifth Avenue did not end up being exactly as I thought it would be. For one it’s told by multiple POV’s, from our two main characters Truman and Babe to the Swans and even Babe’s husband.  You all know that this is usually something that bothers me, strangely it didn’t in this book. I thought the different narrators were actually done well, though it gave the book a feel of being a collection of connected short stories rather than a novel.  For another it’s not a normal love story. Truman is gay and Babe is married, and they love each other not really as lovers. The whole situation is kinda messed up, after what ends up happening with Truman’s rise to fame.

If you want to read a book where you like and empathize deeply with the characters, this book is probably not for you. While you feel sorry for Babe and Truman, both characters almost feel like aliens. In fact all of the characters feel that way. All so rich and different and above the rest of the world, it’s like they aren’t part of it.  Now I found this interesting and enjoyed it actually, but it’s not for everyone.

I gave the book 3 stars on Goodreads. It was entertaining, and I would probably read it again in a couple years. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

Anyone else read this book? What’s your opinion on the ”unlikable main character”? 

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