A Well-Behaved Woman

a novel of the Vanderbilts

'A very lively read' Independent

'A pacy, elegant novel' Mail on Sunday

'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

'Utterly fascinating' Irish Times

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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'Brilliant. Read it, read it, read it' Daily Mail 'Superb' Independent on Sunday 'Utterly compulsive reading' Stylist 'A treat' Sunday Times

  • Pub date: 10.09.19
  • RRP: $27.99
  • Format: Paperback / softback

Author

Therese Anne Fowler

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.

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