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A well-behaved woman : a novel of the Vanderbilts / Therese Anne Fowler.

Fowler, Therese, (author.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library FOW (Text) 33500012794806 Main Checked out 05/12/2021
Fosston Public Library FOW (Text) 33500012794814 Main Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library FOW (Text) 35500006107880 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250095473
  • ISBN: 1250095476
  • Physical Description: 392 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
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Summary, etc.:
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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2
    Being called well-behaved would not necessarily have pleased Alma Smith, yet such a demeanor was vital for her success as the wife of one of Manhattan's wealthiest and most respected men. Although born to wealth in Alabama, Alva found herself in greatly reduced circumstances when her father lost the family fortune. A fortuitous marriage was her only chance for salvation, so when her dear friend Consuelo played matchmaker, pairing her with William K. Vanderbilt, Alva followed her head instead of her heart into a loveless marriage. Throwing herself into charity work and overseeing the construction of mansions in New York and Newport, Rhode Island, Alma failed to realize that William and Consuelo were conducting an elaborately secretive affair that threatened to consign her to the outsider status she worked so hard to avoid. With you-are-there immediacy fueled by assured attention to biographical detail and deft weaving of labyrinthine intrigue, Fowler (Z, 2014) creates a thoroughly credible imagining of the challenges and emotional turmoil facing this fiercely independent woman. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

THERESE ANNE FOWLER is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Raised in the Midwest, she moved to North Carolina in 1995. She holds a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University.

Subject: Belmont, Alva, 1853-1933 > Fiction.
Vanderbilt family > Fiction.
Belmont, Alva, 1853-1933.
Vanderbilt family.
Social classes > Fiction.
Rich people > Fiction.
Socialites > Fiction.
United States > Social life and customs > 1865-1918 > Fiction.
Manners and customs.
United States.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
Genre: Biographical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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