So, Winter has left and the club is itching to get back into the swing of things with our reading frenzy! So this week is our Spring Book Club Brunch Get-Together……the book?
“The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Benjamin
“A novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s — and the scandalous, headline-making and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley. Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends — the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman — a woman desperately longing for true love and connection… Enter Truman Capote…. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller — even when the stories aren’t his to tell. Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years…..”
Now, with Truman coming for Brunch…..what will we be serving?
I decided to follow the theme of the red & black, so I got out my basic clear glass plates and did them following my “Designer Knock Off” dinnerware DIY…read about here… I found all this beautiful Waverly fabric at my local Walmart and in less than one hour had a tablescape to coincide with my Book-Club Luncheon ….come join Truman and the Swans of my book club!
Although the geese and Guinea hens are cackling in the back and the deer are grazing on the ridge next to the wood pile, New York City with all its glamour and gossipy glitz, is sitting right here with Mr. Capote, drinking Mimosa’s…at least until the Sun goes down on Call Mountain…..
I am linking up all over this week! I am compiling a list of my favorites – here are just a few ….