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Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies

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New York Times bestselling author Laura Thompson returns with Heiresses, a fascinating look at the lives of heiresses throughout history and the often tragic truth beneath the gilded surface.

Heiresses: surely they must be among the luckiest women on earth. Are they not to be envied, with their private jets, Chanel wardrobes, and unlimited funds? Yet those gilded lives have been beset with trauma and despair all too often. Before the 20th century, a wife's inheritance was her husband's property, making her vulnerable to kidnappings, forced marriages, and even confinement in an asylum. And in modern times, heiresses fell victim to fortune-hunters who squandered their millions.

Heiresses tells the stories of these million-dollar babies. However, there are also stories of independence and achievement. Heiresses is about the lives of the rich, who—as F. Scott Fitzgerald said—are 'different.' But it is also a bigger story about how all women fought their way to equality, sometimes even finding autonomy and fulfillment.


384 pages

Measurements: 6.7 x 9.4 inches

Published by St. Martin's Press in 2022