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The colorful story of the Vanderbilt women, Consuelo and her mother Alva, describes their lurid adventures on both sides of the Atlantic and how their intriguing relationship unfolded during an age of callousness, ambition, and material excess. 25,000 first printing.
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"Mackenzie Stuart has skillfully integrated a great deal of research... and she gives a rich sense of both women."--Washington Post Book World
"[A] deftly contextualized account."--Vogue
"A saga of transatlantic maneuvers worthy of Henry James or Edith Wharton."--Kirkus Reviews
"A riveting story... Alva and Consuelo emerge as unique and fascinating characters... A very entertaining read."--Publishers Weekly
"Skilfully and sympathetically told. . . . Brilliant."--Antonia Fraser, The Times (London)
"Book lovers, Anglophiles and social historians alike will find much to please them in this fine, well-researched biography."--Virginian Pilot
"highly readable, well constructed, novelish biography...a confident and compelling book."--Contemporary Review
"[A] fascinating dual biography."--Elle
"Compellingly readable... [Mackenzie Stuart] writes... with the eye of an accomplished historian and with profound sympathy for the central figures."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Fascinating... A thoughtful portrait of two strong, well-educated women who were more than the measure of their extreme wealth."--Seattle Times
Amanda Mackenzie Stuart is the author of Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age. She lives in Oxford, England.
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