Dimensions:9.28in x 6.22 x 1.18 in | 1.31 lb
Page Count:368 pages
Illustrations:8-PG BLACK&WHITE PHOTO INSERT
HIDDEN STORY OF A LOST MASTERWORK: Just as last year’s Furious Hours explored the story of Harper Lee’s never-published novel, Capote’s Women delves into the true story behind Lee’s good friend Truman Capote’s lost masterwork, Answered Prayers.
“SWANS” PROVEN SUCCESS: Melanie Benjamin’s The Swans of Fifth Avenue was a major success, selling more than 250k copies across all formats. But the true story behind this fictionalized narrative has never been explored in a book-length work before, until now.
GLAMORIZES NYC IN A BYGONE ERA: Just as Sam Wasson’s bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. was a love letter to a movie (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), a city (NYC), and an era, Capote’s Women also takes us back to an often-romanticized era of the city and its denizens that will be catnip to readers.
PUTS THE WOMEN’S STORIES CENTER STAGE: Capote’s “swans” have long been under the microscope—scrutinized, judged, and even reviled—but Leamer’s empathetic retelling acknowledges their complex stories and allows their biographies to take priority.
NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Laurence Leamer is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Madness Under the Royal Palms, about the secret history of Palm Springs. Comfortable writing and researching among the ranks of the rich and privileged, and he brings that same gimlet eye and insider perspective to Capote’s Women.
Praise for Capote’s Women
“Babe Paley, Slim Keith, C.Z. Guest…they were the stars of ’50s and ’60s society. They were also the women Truman Capote loved, flattered—and betrayed. A fascinating look at their world.” —People
“Laurence Leamer deftly tells the stories of the stylish, glamorous women whose trust Capote cultivated and then betrayed. Mr. Leamer has delivered a fast-paced, sensitive tale of the swans, their tumultuous lives and their dismay at Capote’s treachery.” —Wall Street Journal
“In this delicious dissection of the writer and the women he befriended, Laurence Leamer uncovers what it meant to let Capote into your inner circle, how each of these women found friendship and frustration with him, and what happened when he committed the ultimate betrayal.” —Town & Country
“Capote’s Women by Laurence Leamer is a fascinating nonfiction book about the greatest American novel that was never published.” —PopSugar
“Highly engaging…What Leamer did in his best-selling The Kennedy Women he has now done for the (mostly) high-born women Capote cultivated, worshipped, and envied.” —Air Mail
”Leamer can be critical when he wants, but he’s always subtle and conscientious of the complexity of these women’s circumstances. His subjects are treated with a delicacy and care that reveal a great sympathy and even occasional admiration.” —Deep South Magazine
“This is the story of an Icarus. You know how it’s going to end, but you know that for a while the protagonist is going to soar. Capote’s Women is about the flight.” —AL.com
“It seems we never tire of reading about Truman Capote and his fabulous Swans, and in Capote’s Women, Laurence Leamer brilliantly shows us why. By weaving the details of Capote’s life in and out of the fascinating origin stories of the most admired women of the 1950s and 1960s, Leamer reminds us that beauty, wealth and privilege—not to mention talent—aren’t enough to guarantee a happy ending. But oh, what fun can be had along the way!” —Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue
“Biographer Leamer (The Kennedy Women) showcases his knack for telling a rattling good tale in this vivid look at Truman Capote’s failed attempt to write ‘the greatest novel of the age.’…This juicy story delivers.” – Publishers Weekly
“Engagingly gossipy, Leamer provides extensive behind-the-scenes peaks into Capote’s tangled social life.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Never has such terrific gossip been so well-packaged as in Laurence Leamer’s beautifully written and superbly researched Capote’s Women….Leamer bests Capote by telling the full juicy stories of these swans…Capote’s Women not only spills all the page-turning scandals of his swans but also the compelling rise and fall of the diminutive gay author. This is celebrity gossip of the highest quality. This scintillating look behind the curtain at some of the richest and most powerful women in the world is fabulously entertaining.” –Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Leamer’s portrait of New York’s bold and beautiful is not a gushing ode to glamour but an unflinching character study…Lucky for us, Leamer’s well-researched book is not focused on offering a cautionary tale, but peeling back the disguises we all use to camouflage our true selves from the public.” —LitHub
“Chock full of dazzling details, Capote’s Women is a dishy, delicious dive into the diminutive author’s female friendships. From Gloria Guinness to Slim Keith, and Babe Paley to CZ Guest, Capote’s “swans,” as he dubbed them, were beautiful, elegant, rich, and complicated. Larry Leamer expertly weaves the lives of these fascinating women together with Capote’s struggles to finish Answered Prayers, his self-described masterpiece. In reality, Capote’s final work was a messy jumble of thinly veiled secrets that these women had told him in confidence, and a base attempt at naked career advancement. Was Capote driven to this treachery by his growing alcoholism, or was it his betrayal that drove him to drink? That is the question that propels the narrative—and compels the reader to turn each gossip-laden page, anticipation building to its ultimate, gratifying conclusion.” —Julie Satow, author of The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel
“This deep dive into the lives of the extraordinary women who were Truman Capote’s ‘swans’ is an entertaining study of femininity, privilege, and heartbreak. The story of the meteoric rise—and tragic fall—of the infamous writer and his beautiful muses offers a captivating combination of first-rate gossip and solid social history. Fascinating!” —Deborah Davis, author of Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball and Gilded: How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort
“In a swirl of money and yearning, Laurence Leamer stitches the story of Truman Capote’s life and final book-that-never-was through the glamorous lives of the women who inspired it. The rich texture and lavish detail recall a time of beauty and longing, ambition and heartbreak, and its possibilities and limitations for New York’s “swans.” An engrossing evocation of an era.” —Julia Cooke, author of Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan-Am