The Social Graces

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Penguin Publishing Group, 2021 - Fiction - 416 pages
"A peek behind the curtain at one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Mrs. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor's notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age, from the bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer In the glittering world of Manhattan's upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands' infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than Caroline Astor--the Mrs. Astor. But times are changing. Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America's richest families. But what good is money when society refuses to acknowledge you? When it carries on just as it has done for generations? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything. Sweeping three decades and based on true events, this gripping novel follows these two women as they try to outdo and outsmart each other at every turn. As Caroline comes closer to defeat and Alva closer to victory, both will make surprising discoveries about themselves and what's truly at stake"--

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Do you like good gossipy reads that happen to be fairly historically accurate? Except for some of the conversations, this book gives you a great story on how the Astors and the Vanderbilts (among ... Read full review

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Do you like good gossipy reads that happen to be fairly historically accurate? Except for some of the conversations, this book gives you a great story on how the Astors and the Vanderbilts (among others of their ilk) acted during the Gilded Age. As far as I'm concerned, this is when true helicopter parenting was invented, and they did it without social media (more's the pity!) Mother's today could take some lessons.
I've done a lot of reading about both families, and I think I can safely say that this book is accurate except for a few things.
I loved the gossipy backbiting, spite, greed, and everything else that this book gave me. A beach read? Most assuredly!
I have also read and reviewed Park Avenue Summer. I highly recommend this book to add to your summer reading list...especially if you grew up with the magazine Cosmopolitan.
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Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface. She is also the author of Every Crooked Pot, a YA novel published in 2007. Renée lives in Chicago.

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