By Sam Wasson
“Reads like conscientiously crafted fiction…[Wasson] incorporates the reader from pre-production to on-set feuds and conflicts, whereas additionally noting Hepburn’s influence on type (Givenchy’s little black dress), Hollywood glamour, sexual politics, and the recent morality. Capote could were entranced.” — Publishers Weekly (starred evaluation)
“Sam Wasson’s beautiful portrait of Audrey Hepburn peels backs her candy facade to bare a way more complex and engaging lady. He additionally captures a desirable turning element in American history— whilst ladies began to loosen their pearls, and their inhibitions. I wolfed this book.” — Karen Abbott, writer of Sin within the moment urban
Fifth street, five A.M. by way of Sam Wasson is the 1st ever entire account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. With a solid of characters together with Truman Capote, Edith Head, director Blake Edwards, and, in fact, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us within the the USA of the past due fifties, ahead of Woodstock and contraception, while a not-so-virginal woman by means of the identify of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows around the state, altering model, movie, and intercourse, for sturdy. With scrumptious prose and substantial wit, Wasson can provide us from the penthouses of the higher East aspect to the swimming pools of Beverly Hills offering Breakfast at Tiffany’s as we have now by no means obvious it before—through the eyes of these who made it.
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