A Novel of the Vanderbilts
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: October 16, 2018
Featuring: Alva Vanderbilt
Hardcover / e-Book
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The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her
illustrious family in as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from
the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A
Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.
In 1883, the New
York Times prints a lengthy rave of Alva Vanderbilt's
Fifth Ave. costume ball—a coup for the former Alva Smith,
who not long before was destitute, her family's good name
useless on its own. Marrying into the newly rich but
socially scorned Vanderbilt clan, a union contrived by
Alva's best friend and now-Duchess of Manchester, saved the
Smiths—and elevated the Vanderbilts.
Alva seems to have it all and want more. She does have a
knack for getting all she tries for: the costume ball—no
mere amusement—wrests acceptance from doyenne Caroline
Astor. Denied a box at the Academy of Music, Alva founds The
Met. No obstacle puts her off for long.
But how much
of ambition arises from insecurity? From despair? From
refusal to play insipid games by absurd rules? —There are,
however, consequences to breaking those rules. One must
And what of her maddening
sister-in-law Alice? Her husband William, who's hiding a
terrible betrayal? The not-entirely-unwelcome attentions of
his friend Oliver Belmont, who is everything William is not?
Her own best friend, whose troubles cast a wide
Alva will build mansions, push boundaries, test
friendships, and marry her daughter to England's most
eligible duke or die trying. She means to do right by all,
but good behavior will only get a woman so far. What is the
price of going further? What might be the rewards? There's
only one way to know for certain…
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