Swan Song

Swan Song

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 Yucatán 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.

‘Writers write. And one can’t be surprised if they write what they know.’

Title:Swan Song
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781786331069
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    Swan Song Reviews

  • Paromjit

    The author writes a historical piece of fiction based on the life of Truman Capote, writer of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. It is a blend of fact and fiction, and echoes the style and conc...

  • Peter

    Exposé "Oh Truheart. You little motherfucker. What have you done?! That’s before she reads the worst of it … When she gets to the bloodstained sheets, she fumbles for the phone. Babe answers on t...

  • Hannah

    I am in two minds about this book: while I thought there were moments of brilliance, overall I found it indulgent, tedious, and way too long. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcotts sets out to retell Truman Cap...

  • Meike

    Nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019This novel is based on a fascinating real-life story, but I was bored out of my mind reading it: After spending years with the rich and the famous, writ...

  • Amanda

    The Story of Truman Capote famous for being an American writer who wrote “Breakfast At Tiffany’s and “ Cold Blood” Truman has a difficult childhood that he manages to leave behind when he beco...

  • Andrew Smith

    I've heard so much about Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a book about the murder of a Kansas family, but I've yet to track down a copy. It's his version of a true life event and by all accounts it's ...

  • Rachel

    Much like Swan Song's subject, Truman Capote, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott's novel is at times charming, at times vicious, and at times insufferable. Despite the fact that it took me over a month to ge...

  • Maddie C.

    Dnf @ 20%. Too coquettish for me and the writing is trying too hard. Might pick it back up if it makes the shortlist (surely hope it doesn't) but right now, just not in the mood.Too many other good bo...

  • Gumble's Yard

    ”You'll say we've got nothing in common, No common ground to start from … And I said, "What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?"She said, "I think I remember the filmAnd I said, "Well, that's the one t...

  • Paula Bardell-Hedley

    “A boy pampered and indulged well into middle age, courtesy of his unquestioned genius.” The iconic American author, Truman Capote is remembered best for penning such literary classics as Breakf...