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Swan Song Synopsis

They told him everything. He told everyone else.

Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatan beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely.

In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he'd worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable: nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons . . . Words.

A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, SWAN SONG is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans.

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Swan Song Press Reviews

'A dazzlingly assured first novel... This clever book, with the moreish astringency of a negroni, is a perfect summer cocktail.' - Sunday Times

'A whirlwind of a first novel. There is great pathos in the Swans' woundings and in their inevitable decline. And the character of Truman himself shimmers through the novel in a wonderful blaze of eccentricity and excess. Outstanding.' - Rose Tremain

'A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skilful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.' - William Boyd

'Scandalous, frenetic, amusing and tragic.' - Daily Mail

'Our generation's The Secret History' - Pendora

'Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving.' - Kate Williams, bestselling author of Josephine

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ISBN: 9781786090188
Publication date: 27/06/2019
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781473560642
Publication date: 09/08/2018
Publisher: Random House Cornerstone Digital
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473560642
Publication date: 9th August 2018
Author: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Publisher: Random House Cornerstone Digital
Format: Ebook
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before coming to call first Los Angeles, then London her adopted homes. She holds a BFA Drama (Directing) from Carnegie Mellon University and studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She has been honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Finalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, among numerous screenwriting accolades.   In 2006 Kelleigh was the recipient of the Abroad Writers’ Conference Fellowship in Provence, where the germ of an idea for a book about Truman Capote’s betrayal of his Swans was ...

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