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Hello there! Happy Friday!
I’m running behind my October TBR, having only read one book out of the five I have set myself to read. It’s not yet quite a slump, and I have promised myself that I won’t be too hard on myself if I don’t get to fulfill by TBR, so I’m trying my hardest not to stress it out.
Anyway, I will be sharing the first few lines of my current read. It’s sort of like a fictional biography of sorts and I’m into deep with it right now.
WHEN THEY ASKED her about the Vanderbilts and Belmonts, about their celebrations and depredations, the mansions and balls, the lawsuits, the betrayals, the rifts – when they asked why she did the extreme things she’d done, Alva said it all began quite simply: Once there was a desperate young woman whose mother was dead and whose father was dying almost as quickly as his money was running out. It was 1874. Summertime. She was twenty-one years old, ripened unpicked fruit rotting on the branch.
I’m roughly at 41% into this book, I’m not exactly sure what page that would be equivalent to. It’s interesting – all the high society intrigued and all during the Gilded Age, kind of like the Great Gatsby.
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts is releasing on October 16.
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