A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
“[A] poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and rot…like one thing out of Fitzgerald or Waugh.”—The New Yorker
A parable for the brand new age of inequality: section circle of relatives historical past, section detective tale, section historical past of a vanishing elegance, and a vividly compelling exploration of the stage to which an inheritance—monetary, cultural, genetic—conspired in a single individual’s self-destruction.
Land, properties, and cash tumbled from one technology to the following at the 8-hundred-acre property constructed through Scott’s funding banker nice-grandfather on Philadelphia’s Primary Line. There was once an obligation to offer protection to it, a license to revel in it, an obligation to go it on—nevertheless it was once inconceivable to understand prematurely how all that peculiar just right fortune may affect the selections revamped an entire life.
In this warmly felt tale of an American circle of relatives’s fortunes, journalist Janny Scott excavates the rarefied international that formed her fascinating, unknowable father, Robert Bernard Law Montgomery Scott, and gives an incisive take a look at the burden of inheritance, the tenacity of dependancy, and the ability of buried secrets and techniques.
Some beneficiaries flourished, like Scott’s grandmother, Helen Desire Scott, a socialite and celebrated horsewoman mentioned to have impressed Katherine Hepburn’s personality within the play and Academy Award-profitable movie The Philadelphia Story. For others, together with the writer’s father, she concludes, the affect was once extra advanced.
Bringing her journalistic skills, mild contact, and crystalline prose to this robust tale of a kid’s seek to remember a figure’s confusing finish, Scott additionally increases questions on our new Gilded Age. New fortunes are being gathered, new estates are being born. Does someone surprise how it’ll all play out, 100 years therefore?