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Savage Grace (Movie Tie-in)

The True Story of Fatal Relations in a Rich and Famous American Family

Steven M.L Aronson, Natalie Robins


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Paperback (12/18/2007)


A spellbinding tale of money and madness, incest and matricide, Savage Grace is the saga of Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune; his beautiful wife, Barbara; and their handsome, gentle son, Tony, who destroyed the whole family in a violent chain of events.

Savage Grace unfolds against a glamorous international background (New York, London, Paris, Italy, Spain); features a nonpareil cast of characters (including Salvador Dalí, James Jones, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and European nobility); and tells the doomed Baekelands' story through remarkably candid interviews and private letters and diaries, not to mention confidential hospital, State Department, and prison documents. A true-crime classic, it exposes the envied lives of the rich and beautiful, and brilliantly illuminates the darkest corners of the American Dream.

Praise For Savage Grace (Movie Tie-in): The True Story of Fatal Relations in a Rich and Famous American Family

"A classic...a chilling wedding of Mommie Dearest and Long Day's Journey into Night." -- The Washington Post

"An American fable of enduring resonance...a macabre piece of Americana." --Newsweek

"Jet-set expatriates in a murder case -- how fast we turn the pages. Savage Grace has to be the best oral history to come out since Edie." -- Norman Mailer

"Fascinating...A family saga with plot twists worthy of Dynasty or perhaps just Tennessee Williams -- it has a mythic quality that echoes Greek tragedy." -- The New York Times

Touchstone, 9781416571100, 512pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2008

About the Author

Steven M. L. Aronson is the author of HYPE. A former book editor and publisher, he lives in New York City.

Natalie Robins's books include Copeland's Cure, The Girl Who Died Twice, and Alien Ink. She lives in New York City.