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The Swans of Fifth Avenue
368 pages; Delacorte Press
"Babe Paley had only one fault: She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect," reputedly remarked Truman Capote, part of Paley's glamorous inner circle until he famously betrayed her in a biting roman à clef. The era and the sordid details come back to life in this jewel of a novel.

— Natalie Beach