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The New York Times and USA Today bestseller

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, written by Therese Anne Fowler, a New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

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, in A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman. Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules—and how to break them.

Fiction & Literature
October 16
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

capitola ca ,

A well behaved woman

This is a fun and captivating read.

Mixedupchick ,

Entertaining & Fantastic Historical Fiction

I was riveted from the beginning of this book to the end. The details interwoven with historical fact were interesting and well done in context with this time period. I feel so compelled by Alva’s life after reading this, I want to go to New York and are the sites mentioned in this book. Awesome read!

P.J. Shaw ,

Enjoyable read

Good writing, and interesting seeing such history from the woman’s point of view.

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