A Well-Behaved Woman (Review)

by Therese Anne Fowler

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The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the 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. Continue reading “A Well-Behaved Woman (Review)”

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Therese Anne Fowler

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Therese Anne Fowler has a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing. As an author, she’s particularly interested in exploring the stories of women who are misrepresented by popular culture and/or have been overlooked by history. Having written about Zelda Fitzgerald, she has a new novel about the Vanderbilt family, centered on the fascinating and often maligned Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, released October 16, 2018. Continue reading “Therese Anne Fowler”

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