Happy Monday, Savvy Readers! Are you as excited for a new week as we are? We’re going to kick things off the right way – with a great book, of course! Since it’s Monday, we have a brand new 50 Book Pledge Featured Read for you and we guarantee that you’re going to love this one.
If you, like us, are enamored with the lives of famous people and are addicted to all the juicy gossip and drama, then this week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read – Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott – should be next on your TBR list! I mean, the tagline is “a dazzling debut about gossip, slander, and the public humiliation of New York socialites in the 1970s.” If that doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will!
“Writers write. And one can’t be surprised if they write what they know.”
Let’s set the stage, shall we? A group of very, very wealth friends – and we mean very wealthy – shared everything together. Martinis, Manhattan lunches, and, of course, secrets. On yachts sailing the Mediterranean, private jets flying toward Jamaica, beaches in faraway, secluded bays, these friends gossiped about sex, power, money, love, and fame. At the head of this group? None other than Truman Capote himself. Yes, that Truman Capote.
Everything goes to hell in a handbasket in the autumn of 1975 when Capote, after over two decades of intimated friendship with this exclusive, wealthy group of people, detonates the literary equivalent of a hand grenade, sending seemingly never-ending shockwaves through the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltrate.
But why would he do it? After skyrocketing to fame with In Cold Blood, a novel that is still being read 53 years after its publication, why would a famed writer and esteemed socialite risk social and career suicide to destroy those he once considered his friends? That seems like an odd choice, right Savvy Readers?
Blending fact and fiction, drama and intrigue – just like Capote’s own writing – Swan Song is a fascinating look at the tragic life of a true literary icon and the women he called his Swans, all told through the lens of the fine line between gossip and slander, and self-preservation and self-creation. We promise that you do not want to miss this one, Savvy Readers!