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A well-behaved woman : a novel of the Vanderbilts

Author: Therese Fowler
Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First St. Martin's Griffin editionView all editions and formats
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Alva Smith comes from a family with a good name and great debt after the Civil War. Then she meets William Vanderbilt, a self-made man who finds himself shunned by the old-money doyennes who control access to the city's social and political scene. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt begin to shake up the establishment and carve out a brand-new world for themselves. But as Alva will discover, a life of wealth, status,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
Named Person: Alva Belmont; Vanderbilt family; Alva Belmont; Vanderbilt family.
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Therese Fowler
ISBN: 1250095484 9781250095480
OCLC Number: 1079866093
Description: 549 pages : genealogical table ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Therese Anne Fowler.

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Alva Smith comes from a family with a good name and great debt after the Civil War. Then she meets William Vanderbilt, a self-made man who finds himself shunned by the old-money doyennes who control access to the city's social and political scene. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt begin to shake up the establishment and carve out a brand-new world for themselves. But as Alva will discover, a life of wealth, status, and privilege is not itself a recipe for happiness. Facing an unimaginable betrayal, Alva must transcend societal expectations, prove her worth, and become the woman she is meant to be--at all costs. Set in Manhattan, Newport, and Paris, and filled with glittering period detail and legendary characters, A Well-Behaved Woman is a sweeping, extraordinary novel about a bygone American era--back cover.

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