A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel Of The Vanderbilts
  • A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel Of The Vanderbilts
  • A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel Of The Vanderbilts
ISBN: 1250095484
EAN13: 9781250095480
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 2019
Pages: 528
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.38" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
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The New York Times and USA Today bestseller

More than a rewriting of history, this is history reimagined from a fresh angle, delivered here with energy, sensitivity, and flair. -- AudioFile Magazine

This program includes a bonus interview with the author.

A Well-Behaved Woman is the riveting audiobook about 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 9 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.

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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   Book felt true to life for the times.
It is a well written book. I felt like I was living with the Vanderbilts. Well, love all details about how high society worked.
 
4
   Good historical fiction
This book made me want to read more about the actual biographies of some people in the world of Alma Vanderbilt. The author includes a bibliography, fortunately. Well done dialogue, believeable.
 
5
   Do Not Judge Until You Know
The author's note at the end should first be read. I love that this book provides a well researched and fair minded portrait of a woman who had been primarily defined by the media of her time.
 
5
   Easy historical fiction
Nice and east to learn about this American family, especially from the female point of view.
 
5
   Well written
Fabulous Real Life '' is a story of real life. Dynamic and strong woman in a day and time before me too ''. Well written by :
 
3
   A Fascinating Read
A well-behaved woman offers a fascinating look at the upper echelons of society during the Gilded Age, when Alva Smith Vanderbilt navigates the rough seas of finding one's place among the top families of America. The author Therese Anne Fowler presents Beautiful Alva's Machinations to land William Vanderbilt as a husband to cover up her own financial circumstances and the consequences of avoiding love for social status. The book is populated with a colorful cast of characters, including members of the families of Astor, Belmont and Jay and an assortment of European royalty.
 
5
   If you love the gilded age.....
This was a selection made by my book club and I was more or less obligated to read it. I finished the book by loving it! It is well written, and while it is fiction, its based on historical people and events. This brings you right into the world of the Vanderbilts, but also gives you a glimpse into the behind the scenes of these wealthy people during the time they lived. I always thought that Alva and her peers were nothing but rich and idle, but then find out that she was so much more.
 
3
   Nice Read for a Cold Winter's Night
This is an enjoyable read in the evening. The writing is clear and crisp and the story is generally interesting. What is most interesting to me is to compare the setting of this book : the time when the Robber Barons were building their fortunes, with today.
 
5
   Engaging story
Well written, interesting story that kept me engaged on a long flight.
 
4
   Glimpse of the Gilded Age
I enjoyed reading this interpretation of Alva Vanderbilt's life. As a retired history teacher, I was aware of her importance in the passage of the 19th Amendment, but I knew little about the woman. This was interesting, held my attention and gave the reader a glimpse of the Gilded Age in America. The only reason it is not given 5 stars is due to the ending being rushed, leaving this reader feeling like “that's it?
 
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