What a delicious book. About the women whose occupation was to acquire. Rich husbands, things of beauty, expensive designer clothes, art, jewelry, everything you could fathom in you wildest dreams. Not necessarily happiness though I assume. They belonged to an exclusive club which you can only join if you were either born into money or married great wealth. And so they took little Truman Capote as part of the clan, bestowing him with gifts and friendship and making him accepted in their higher echelons into which he was not born. The society of who is WHO. Names like Vanderbilt, Astor, Churchill…..Paley. Lots of trophy wives.
We all read Truman Capote, who has not read In Cold Blood that prize winning true novel, or seen the exquisite movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s? But did we know the real Truman? Did anybody? And so Babe Paley – you can google her for as Truman said her only imperfection was that she was perfect, told Truman her guarded secrets. Would you have wanted Truman as a friend? No thank you. Would you tell Truman your secrets? Never.
But that is all in hindsight of course. Then came the great betrayal.
Melanie Benjamin is truly a most eloquent author. Five stars for this book? Yes, why not.