Capote's Women by Laurence Leamer audiobook

Capote's Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era

By Laurence Leamer
Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Penguin Audio
10.42 Hours 1
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*National Bestseller* New York Times bestselling author Laurence Leamer reveals the complex web of relationships and scandalous true stories behind Truman Capote's never-published final novel, Answered Prayers—the dark secrets, tragic glamour, and Capote's ultimate betrayal of the group of female friends he called his "swans." “There are certain women,” Truman Capote wrote, “who, though perhaps not born rich, are born to be rich.” Barbara “Babe” Paley, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli, Slim Hayward, Pamela Churchill, C. Z. Guest, Lee Radziwill (Jackie Kennedy’s sister)—they were the toast of midcentury New York, each beautiful and distinguished in her own way. Capote befriended them, received their deepest confidences, and ingratiated himself into their lives. Then, in one fell swoop, he betrayed them in the most surprising and startling way possible. Bestselling biographer Laurence Leamer delves into the years following the acclaimed publication of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1958 and In Cold Blood in 1966, when Capote struggled with a crippling case of writer’s block. While en­joying all the fruits of his success, he was struck with an idea for what he was sure would be his most celebrated novel…one based on the re­markable, racy lives of his very, very rich friends. For years, Capote attempted to write An­swered Prayers, what he believed would have been his magnum opus. But when he eventually published a few chapters in Esquire, the thinly fictionalized lives (and scandals) of his closest fe­male confidantes were laid bare for all to see, and he was banished from their high-society world forever. Laurence Leamer re-creates the lives of these fascinating swans, their friendships with Capote and one another, and the doomed quest to write what could have been one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

A Garden & Gun magazine pick of Best Books of 2021

A Wall Street Journal Pick of the Month

A Town & Country Magazine Pick for October

A New York Post Pick for Fall

A PopSugar Pick of Must-Reads

*National Bestseller* New York Times bestselling author Laurence Leamer reveals the complex web of relationships and scandalous true stories behind Truman Capote's never-published final novel, Answered Prayers—the dark secrets, tragic glamour, and Capote's ultimate betrayal of the group of female friends he called his "swans." “There are certain women,” Truman Capote wrote, “who, though perhaps not born rich, are born to be rich.” Barbara “Babe” Paley, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli, Slim Hayward, Pamela Churchill, C. Z. Guest, Lee Radziwill (Jackie Kennedy’s sister)—they were the toast of midcentury New York, each beautiful and distinguished in her own way. Capote befriended them, received their deepest confidences, and ingratiated himself into their lives. Then, in one fell swoop, he betrayed them in the most surprising and startling way possible. Bestselling biographer Laurence Leamer delves into the years following the acclaimed publication of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1958 and In Cold Blood in 1966, when Capote struggled with a crippling case of writer’s block. While en­joying all the fruits of his success, he was struck with an idea for what he was sure would be his most celebrated novel…one based on the re­markable, racy lives of his very, very rich friends. For years, Capote attempted to write An­swered Prayers, what he believed would have been his magnum opus. But when he eventually published a few chapters in Esquire, the thinly fictionalized lives (and scandals) of his closest fe­male confidantes were laid bare for all to see, and he was banished from their high-society world forever. Laurence Leamer re-creates the lives of these fascinating swans, their friendships with Capote and one another, and the doomed quest to write what could have been one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“They were the stars of '50s and '60s society. They were also the women Truman Capote loved, flattered—and betrayed. A fascinating look at their world.” People
“Highly engaging…[about] the (mostly) high-born women Capote cultivated, worshipped, and envied.” Air Mail
“Captures is how these myriad and multilayered friendships came about and nourished him for so long, until his inner demons proved too damning for all but a few of his faithful.” BookReporter
“Engagingly gossipy, Leamer provides extensive behind-the-scenes peaks into Capote’s tangled social life.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Carrington MacDuffie effectively holds together the varied strains of a narrative rich in glamour but often fraught with heartache behind the scenes…Expertly narrated, this richly detailed audiobook illustrates the maxim that yesterday’s gossip is today’s history.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Laurence Leamer

Author Bio: Laurence Leamer

Laurence Leamer is the author of over a dozen books, including biography and fiction, with three books making the New York Times bestsellers list. He has been on the staff at Newsweek and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Playboy, and many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 10.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English