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'A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skillful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.' -William Boyd They told him everything. He told everyone else. Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatan beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely. In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he'd worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable: nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons . . . Words. A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, SWAN SONG is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans. `Writers write. And one can't be surprised if they write what they know.'



Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Cornerstone Publication Date: 14/06/2018 ISBN-13: 9781786331052  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before coming to call Los Angeles and London her adopted homes. She is a graduate of UEA's Creative Writing MA course and was the winner of the Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award. Swan Song is her first novel.

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I can’t say that I knew too much about Truman Capote, the man, before picking up Swan Song (in truth, him and Jay Gatsby are one and the same in my somewhat confused head, despite the absurdity of such a thing) and I certainly didn’t know he had a coterie of women friends affectionately known as his swans. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott has enlightened and entertained me on these matters and I’m mighty glad she has. Capote is an almost tragic figure, desperate to belong and be lauded and adored. To this end, he was prepared to sacrifice his entire group of friends, their companionship and devotion to him not enough to prevent him using their most private lives as fodder for one last shot at literary glory. This is the story of those women, that betrayal and the man driven to value fame above friendship. It’s heady stuff, best enjoyed somewhere warm with a reviving glass of something stiff.

Sarah, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 14/06/2018

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