Therese Fowler presents A Well Behaved Woman in conversation with Denise Kiernan at UNCA

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Therese Anne Fowler will be joined in conversation by Denise Kiernan, author of The Last Castle. This event is part of the University of North Carolina Asheville's Visiting Writers Series. It will be held in the Mountain View Room in Sherrill Center. For more info visit https://english.unca.edu/visiting-writers

About A Well Behaved Woman:

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.

With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, 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.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
UNCA
The Mountain View Room in Sherrill Center
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250095473
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 16th, 2018