‘Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman’ by Sam Wasson

'Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman' by Sam Wasson

As Holly would say: Bon chers amis,

Good morning! Good afternoon! Good day! And welcome to the true story behind ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and the domino effect the movie had on the modern woman by introducing a good girl yet still a prostitute to the big screen – or so the book jacket boasts.

‘… There was always sex in Hollywood, but before ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, only the bad girls were having it.’

I must admit, I always have had ‘un peu petit’ love affair with Audrey Hepburn. I must have read half a dozen biographies on Audrey. She is perfect in that not-perfect way. I even dressed like her for my junior prom … {a prom I attended with my now husband!}

This novel would best be described as an overview; a novel outlining the creation and dissemination of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Sam’s novel is written in a light, conversational way that was easy to flip through right before bed or during a slow moment of the day. I just wish the book was a little more in depth since every time I finished a chapter I wished for just a little bit more. Perhaps this is because I have read several tomes on Audrey, or perhaps I felt this way because I am a detail-oriented person. Or perhaps I am just nosey. Regardless …

I don’t know if I was truly able to grasp how ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ changed the modern woman. I found myself laughing over the lengths the movie studio went to cover up the character Holly’s darker side – probably because of the total lack of shame or off-limits topics in today’s modern film era. And I understand that women at this time just didn’t live a la Holly, but did this movie really change women as whole? This novel just didn’t prove that to me.

Don’t get me wrong this is definitely a book worth reading and a pleasurable read. I am definitely interested in reading more about Truman Capote and his muse, a New York socialite named Babe Paley. But mostly, I sat wishing throughout the entire book that I had read the original ‘B at T’s’ sooooo … I am off now to read Truman’s original. Be in touch soon, my lovelies!

Mille tendresse, Carolann

2 thoughts on “‘Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman’ by Sam Wasson

  1. The best Audrey book is by Donald Spoto called ‘Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn’. It is well researched, cleanly written and interesting. I enjoyed it immensely. I mean I read it over 4 years ago and still recall the author’s name so it must have been a worthwhile and memorable read!

    PS>Albabe, you have my support for anything you do!

  2. I don’t know much about Audrey Hepburn, but I know a lot of people who are intrigued by her. Do you have a recommendation for a great bio? I’d love to learn more about her. Thanks Wonderpug!!

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