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Swan Song

by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Everybody loves a bit of gossip and Truman Capote, society figure and famous writer, uses it brazenly for his work. His inner circle of friends, the Swans, who tell him all their secrets, are shocked by his published indiscretions. Glitz and glamour and names like Lee Radziwill, Lauren Bacall and Gloria Vanderbilt play a significant role in this tale. And a special one is saved for the unfaithful husbands. I enjoyed it shamelessly.

Extract

Slim, ignoring him. '-Then we're off to Paris. Betty'll leave to film in London, and Leland and I will head to Munich to meet the Baroness.'
'The Baroness...?'
'Von Trapp. Nun-turned-nanny. Snagged the father, fled the Nazis. She's written a memoir about their singing litter in lederhosen. Leland thinks there's a musical lurking in there somewhere. We're going to negotiate the life rights.'
'I've always thought those SS boys could be whipped into a marvelous chorus line,' Truman posited, poking two bread rolls with fork-and-knife, staging his own version of Chaplin's Dinner Roll Dance, manipulating the doughy 'feet' into a goose-stepping series of high kicks, to a jazzed-up rendition of Deutschland ├╝ber alles.
'Oh, Tru.' Slim shook her head, snickering at the notion.
'You really are too much.' Babe, shielding her eyes with her hand.
They sipped their mojitos, indulging a peal of guilty laughter.

Parallels

The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Capote - the film
Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal
 

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