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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‘This is a wonderful book! Fowler’s portrait is so nuanced, so complicated by context, and so informed by her own capacious generosity that we can’t help being drawn in’
Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

‘Not just breathtakingly alive, but dazzlingly and profoundly timely. A must-read masterpiece’
Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

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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. She taught undergraduate fiction writing and was editorial assistant for the literary magazine Obsidian III before leaving to write fiction full-time. 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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