A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

By Therese Anne Fowler
Produced by Matie Argiropoulos
Read by Barrie Kreinik

14.32 Hours 10/16/2018 unabridged
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"More than a rewriting of history, this is history reimagined from a fresh angle, delivered here with energy, sensitivity, and flair." — AudioFile Magazine This program includes a bonus interview with the author. A Well-Behaved Woman is the riveting audiobook about iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. 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 9 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. In A Well-Behaved Woman, 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. Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules—and how to break them. Praise for A Well-Behaved Woman: "A Well-Behaved Woman is an extraordinary portrait of a strong, fascinating woman who rose above societal convention and even her own expectations to become so much more than anyone might have predicted.” -- Christina Baker Kline, New York Times Bestselling author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train “Oh how I loved every instant I spent in the world Fowler has recreated here. The story of Alva Vanderbilt is elegantly and emphatically told. Prepare to be enthralled!” —Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Couple "To step into Therese Anne Fowler's stunning novel is to step into Alva Vanderbilt's rarefied world of sprawling homes, delicious society intrigue, and incomparable Gilded Age luxury." — Allison Pataki, New York Times Bestselling author of The Accidental Empress

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Summary

Summary

A People Magazine Best New Books for Fall selection

Finalist for the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Fiction

A Pop Sugar Pick of Best New Books for Fall

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

"More than a rewriting of history, this is history reimagined from a fresh angle, delivered here with energy, sensitivity, and flair." — AudioFile Magazine

This program includes a bonus interview with the author.

A Well-Behaved Woman is the riveting audiobook about iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

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 9 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.

In A Well-Behaved Woman, 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.

Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules—and how to break them.

Praise for A Well-Behaved Woman:

"A Well-Behaved Woman is an extraordinary portrait of a strong, fascinating woman who rose above societal convention and even her own expectations to become so much more than anyone might have predicted.” -- Christina Baker Kline, New York Times Bestselling author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train

“Oh how I loved every instant I spent in the world Fowler has recreated here. The story of Alva Vanderbilt is elegantly and emphatically told. Prepare to be enthralled!” —Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Couple

"To step into Therese Anne Fowler's stunning novel is to step into Alva Vanderbilt's rarefied world of sprawling homes, delicious society intrigue, and incomparable Gilded Age luxury." — Allison Pataki, New York Times Bestselling author of The Accidental Empress

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Delicious.” People
“Fowler’s Alva is tough, cagey and unwilling to settle for the role of high-society ornament―what’s not to like?” Washington Post
“Genius….Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Therese Anne Fowler…trains her sights on the formidable and ruthless Alva Vanderbilt and her family in this Gilded Age epic of astounding wealth and even more astounding familial manipulation.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Therese Anne Fowler

Therese Anne Fowler is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Raised in the Midwest, she migrated to North Carolina in 1995. She holds a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 14.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English