'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
'Sure to enthral' Harper's Bazaar
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 with 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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**PRAISE FOR Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
'Brilliant. Read it, read it, read it' Daily Mail 'Superb' Independent on Sunday 'Utterly compulsive reading' Stylist 'A treat' Sunday Times
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.
Fascinating . . . a glittering depiction of a woman ahead of her time who absolutely refused to be second best — Red
A fascinating tale of liberation and self-sufficiency that conjures up the work of Edith Wharton . . . a wholly absorbing tale that transports the reader to the Gilded Age of the 1800s. It's the perfect Sunday afternoon-in-bed read. — Stylist
Therese Anne Fowler's portrait of this feisty, forward-thinking woman is enthralling — Good Housekeeping
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
A tale well-researched and honest, it returns to Alva Smith Vanderbilt that which many historians have taken away: her voice — New York Journal of Books
Sure to enthral — Harper's Bazaar
Like its subject, A Well-Behaved Woman draws beauty from paradox: it is both detailed and fast-paced, loving and critical, heart-breaking and hopeful — Chicago Review of Books
Now's a good time to start adding to your collection of historical heroines. Alva Vanderbilt should be right up there. With A Well-Behaved Woman, Therese Anne Fowler repeats the same magic she did in her 2013 novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: she fictionalises the story of one of American history's most fascinating women — Refinery29
In this enticing novel, Therese Anne Fowler introduces us to Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, a remarkable woman who was the epitome of the expression "well-behaved women seldom make history' — Good Housekeeping US
In the vein of Fowler's Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, A Well-Behaved Woman follows the rise of another unsuspecting heroine of American history: Alva Vanderbilt — InStyle
This novel is like wallowing in a jacuzzi: relaxing and invigorating. Delightful — Irish Examiner
Nothing short of mesmerising — Kirkus
As accomplished as its subject, redoubtable socialite and women's suffrage crusader Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Fowler's engrossing successor to 2013's Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, again showcases her genius for seeing beyond the myths of iconic women — Publisher's Weekly
Captivating . . . I dare you not to dive right in — Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife
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, the New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
A fascinating tale of Gilded Age manners and mores, and one remarkable woman's attempts to transcend them. — Chris Bohjalian, No.1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant
Activist, egalitarian, philanthropist, trailblazer - these are the qualities of a historic leader . . . Alva's gumption and glamour will resonate with modern women and remind all that history belongs to those who courageously persevere. A sparkling, powerful story that needs to be heard now more than ever. — Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables
Immensely readable . . . an extraordinary portrait of a strong, fascinating woman — Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of A Piece of the World
Oh, how I loved every instant I spent in the world Fowler has recreated here . . . Prepare to be enthralled! — Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Couple
The story of Alva Vanderbilt is long overdue for a telling, but it was worth the wait . . . a delicious book — Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls in the Picture
With you-are-there immediacy fuelled by assured attention to biographical detail and deft weaving of labyrinthine intrigue, Fowler creates a thoroughly credible imagining of the challenges and emotional turmoil facing this fiercely independent woman — Booklist
Fascinating — Garden & Gun
Sure to enthral — Harper's Bazaar