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Hahtoolah | 432 comments The Swans of Fifth Avenue is pure gossip, but oh, what dish! The Swans are the wealthy socialites who lead glamorous and perfect lives, or so it seemed. Babe Paley, who was married to television mogul, William Paley, seemed to have it all. She was beautiful and wealthy, and had influence on the social scene of New York. Her friends included Slim Keith, Gloria Guinnes and Pamela Churchill, all of whom had their own secrets.

Truman Capote managed to enter their circle and befriend these woman. He and Babe became especially close; he was the only person to see her without her make-up. Even her husband had never seen her without her perfectly made-up face. With Capote, Babe shared the details of her unhappy marriage. She had a trust in Capote that was not warranted. When he betrays her and her social circle, he seems at a loss to why he was suddenly shunned.

This book was a fun read. The rich are, indeed, different.

message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Amy | 8860 comments I greatly enjoyed this one too. Lovely written review.

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