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A Well-Behaved Woman: a novel of the Vanderbilts

Therese Anne Fowler

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Historical fiction

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

'This novel is like wallowing in a jacuzzi: relaxing and invigorating' Irish Examiner
'Sure to enthral' Harper's Bazaar 'Captivating . . . I dare you not to dive right in' Paula McClain, author of The Paris Wife 'This is a wonderful book!' Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves 'A must-read masterpiece' Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You

OUTSPOKEN. BRAVE. BRILLIANT. FIERCE.

Alva Smith, her Southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America's great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York's old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement.

With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted with desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.

GOOD BEHAVIOUR WILL ONLY GET A WOMAN SO FAR.

OPTIONED BY SONY PICTURES TELEVISION *PRAISE FOR Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

'Brilliant. Read it, read it, read it' Daily Mail 'Superb' Independent on Sunday 'Utterly compulsive reading' Stylist 'A treat' Sunday Times

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Praise for A Well-Behaved Woman: a novel of the Vanderbilts

  • Fowler's Alva is tough, cagey and unwilling to settle for the role of high-society ornament - what's not to like? - The Washington Post

  • Like its subject, A Well-Behaved Woman draws beauty from paradox: it is both detailed and fast-paced, loving and critical, heart-breaking and hopeful - Chicago Review of Books

  • Sure to enthral - Harper's Bazaar

  • Captivating . . . I dare you not to dive right in - Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife

  • Nothing short of mesmerising - Kirkus

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Therese Anne Fowler

Therese Anne Fowler was born in Illinois and is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a BA in sociology and an MFA in creative writing.

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