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Swan Song is the fictionalised reimagining of the later life of Truman Capote. It is a novel about the line between gossip and slander, self-creating and self preservation and the public humiliation of the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans. After two decades of intimate friendship with Babe Paley, Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli and Lee Radziwill, Capote detonated a literary grenade by publishing a series of excerpts from his last, unfinished novel in Esquire. One excerpt told the barely disguised stories about the Swans, showing the multiple infidelities and crushing cynicism of those who dined and holidayed with the Vanderbilts and Kennedys. Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons – words. Keilleigh Greenberg-Jephcott presents a tale of betrayal, society, romance and rupture that moves between the cocktail soaked Manhattan parties and Capote’s childhood in Depression-era Alabama, capturing a great writer’s meteoric rise and self-destructive fall.
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