From the author of Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN

JANUARY 2019

A Well-Behaved Woman

OUTSPOKEN. BRAVE. BRILLIANT. FIERCE.

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, 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.

GOOD BEHAVIOUR WILL ONLY GET A WOMAN SO FAR.

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‘A pacy, elegant novel, powered by a heroine who parlays her pluck into real clout.’
Mail on Sunday

‘An unsentimental, thought-provoking and nuanced examination of an extraordinary life’
Irish Times

A glittering depiction of a woman ahead of her time who absolutely refused to be second best.’
Red

‘Wholly absorbing.’
Stylist

Therese Anne Fowler’s portrait of this feisty, forward-thinking woman is enthralling.’
Good Housekeeping

‘Unforgettable’
Irish Times

‘Fowler’s Alva is tough, cagey and unwilling to settle for the role of high-society ornament – what’s not to like?’
The Washington Post

‘Sure to enthral’
Harper’s Bazaar

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Therese Anne Fowler

Therese Anne Fowler was born in Illinois and is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a BA in sociology and an MFA in creative writing. A Well-Behaved Woman is her second novel, and her debut novel Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgeraldwas a New York Times bestseller.

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