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The Beneficiary by Janny Scott
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Apr 14, 2020 | ISBN 9780399185038

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Praise for The Beneficiary:

“Engrossing, lovely.” — Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“[The Beneficiary] could be the plot of an Edith Wharton or Henry James novel …[Janny Scott’s] prose, too, has that Gilded Age feel: decadence, decay and drink waft gorgeously off the pages. Yet this study of privilege is also timely. . .” — The Wall Street Journal

“[THE BENEFEICIARY is] vivid and penetrating. . .A wise and poignant memoir about all the things money can buy—and all the things it can’t.” –Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

“Fascinating.” — People

“Flair is in the DNA. As attentive to outré details as to psychological turmoil, Scott makes the most of the suspense built into her story. Her father, having promised Scott in her 20s that she would inherit his many diaries, made her hunt long and hard for them after his death in 2005. The bequest was brilliant: A man in unhappy thrall to a place lured his daughter further and further in—and she escaped with priceless insight into its, and his, hidden depths.”—The Atlantic

“[A] fascinating and judicious book.” –The New York Times Book Review

“[A] poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and decay…like something out of Fitzgerald or Waugh.”—The New Yorker

“Once in a while you read a biography that is crafted to sound like fiction. Janny Scott has pulled this off. And it is pitch perfect.” –The Florida Times Union

“Told without false modesty or overweening privilege, Scott’s story is a well-paced narrative punctuated with lyrical prose. This is a fascinating glimpse into a rarefied world.”Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating for the painful personal legacies it uncovers. At the same time, it is also compelling for the parallels it draws between an earlier age of inequality and our own and the questions it raises about how contemporary stories of new-rich families ‘will play out, one hundred years hence.'”— Kirkus Review

“Compulsively readable . . . a rare combination of wit, empathy, candor, and shrewd sleuthing, [The Beneficiary] is a multigenerational story that encompasses the Gilded Age, great wealth and two World Wars, suicide and secret affairs, hidden diaries and the life-long impact of alcohol. The world of wealth and privilege Scott recreates so vividly may be hard for the rest of us to imagine, but everyone will recognize the flawed but fascinating human beings at its heart. Not to be missed.” —Geoffrey C. Ward, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award–winning, Pulitzer Prize–finalist A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905–1928
“Janny Scott writes with powerful love and no-nonsense honesty in equal parts. Her Philadelphia Main Line forebears come off as admirable, hilarious, sometimes awful, and sometimes heart-wrenching in their fates—immensely fun to read about and hard to categorize. This elegant memoir offers a vertiginous look at where our age of inequality might lead.” Ian Frazier, nationally bestselling author of Family and Great Plains
“Janny Scott set out to write a book about her father and his and her glamorous, eccentric, fabulously rich and spoiled forebears. She did so magnificently, but her book is more than a family saga. It is a detailed social history of a vanished era in our past, of a place and time quite unlike our own.” —David Nasaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy and Pulitzer Prize–finalist Andrew Carnegie
“A remarkable book . . . Scott, who has an eye for the telling detail, writes with wit and flair.” —Frances FitzGerald, author of National Book Critics Circle Award–winning, National Book Award–finalist The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

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