Swan Song

A Novel

by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

On Sale: 07/09/2019

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Swan Song

A Novel

by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

On Sale: 07/09/2019

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Women's Prize for Fiction

About the Book

A dazzling debut about gossip, slander and the public humiliation of New York socialites in the 1970s. Based on real events, Swan Song is the tragic story of the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women whom Truman Capote called his Swans, and who deserted him after he betrayed them. On exclusive yachts and private jets, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears with the famous writer. Then in 1975, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide when he turned his words against the most influential women in Manhattan and silenced his muses. After two decades of cultivating intimate friendships and a high-end lifestyle, Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltrate.

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Critical Praise

“A rich, sharp, sting of a book. It made me laugh and grimace and pity monsters. I’m still smiling about it.” - Stuart Turton, author of bestselling novel The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

“Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving, this wonderful book marks the debut of a major talent.” - Kate Williams, author of The House of Shadows

“If Swan Song was a cocktail, which is perhaps a fitting analogy considering the book’s subject matter, it would be equal parts comedy and tragedy, with a dash of great tenderness.” - Jonathan Ames

“A whirlwind of a first novel… the character of Truman himself shimmers through the novel in a wonderful blaze of eccentricity and excess. Outstanding.” - Rose Tremain, author of The Gustav Sonata

“Completely fascinating … A marvelously skillful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.” - William Boyd, novelist

“This is a first novel of extraordinary skill, a book of which Capote – even at his best – would have been proud.” - The Observer

“A glamorous, literary and gloriously gossipy reimagining of the fallout when Truman Capote blew 1970s New York society wide open with a lurid, intoxicating exposé of its ruling class. Pure pleasure.” - Evening Standard (London)

“If a writer is going to craft a novel from well-known events, they might as well do it with brio, which this debut has in spades.” - The Guardian

“I read Swan Song last summer in a Sicilian garden and it could not have been a better choice. The voices of those long-dead socialites returned to life, a sisterhood of gossip and self-protection. I loved it.”   - Linda Grant, author of The Dark Circle

“[In] Swan Song. . .the voices of those long-dead socialites returned to life, a sisterhood of gossip and self-protection. I loved it.”   - Linda Grant, author of The Dark Circle

“This sparkling debut divines the deep and true feeling beneath the wicked cocktail party chatter of the twentieth century’s most powerfully glamorous women and the self-made man of letters who flattered then betrayed them. Fabulous!” - Damian Barr, author of You Will Be Safe Here

“This very clever novel is a propulsive and glamorous investigation of the fault lines between art and betrayal. With deft and effortless prose, Greenberg-Jephcott brings to life both Capote and the group of women who trusted him.” - Liza Klaussmann, author of Tigers in Red Weather

“Sharp, racy, beautifully written, it’s an utter corker.” - Fiona Melrose, author of Midwinter

“A beautiful and accomplished novel. It was a joy to get lost in the luxury and chaos of this bittersweet story.” - Emma Glass, author of Peach

“I’ve raved about this one before: SWAN SONG by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott is an extraordinary achievement. The original and elegant prose weaves wonderful stories about the real-life legend who was Truman Capote – and explores the tragedy of our inevitable human flaws and failures.” - Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

“An extraordinary achievement. The original and elegant prose weaves wonderful stories about the real-life legend who was Truman Capote – and explores the tragedy of our inevitable human flaws and failures.” - Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

Swan Song was a delicious, dark, complex, atmospheric, and beautiful book. It was so delightfully gossipy. . . like I was privy to things no one else knew; like it was whispered in my ear, and no one else was reading. That was the book’s power.” - Lousie Beech, author of How To Be Brave

Swan Song is a literary triumph; historical fiction at its finest. . . . [Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott] she makes us feel that we are right there with [Capote] and his Swans. Sublime.” - Nicola Sturgeon

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443458320
  • ISBN 10: 1443458325
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 07/09/2019
  • Pages: 480
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / General

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