In the tradition of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, an extraordinary Dickensian story of wealth and eccentricity.
Bill Dedman introduced the public to heiress Huguette Clark and her empty mansions through his compelling series of narratives for NBC, which became the most popular feature in the history of its news website, topping 110 million page views. He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting while writing for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Paul Clark Newell Jr, a cousin of Huguette Clark, has researched the Clark family history for twenty years, sharing many conversations with Huguette about her life and family. He once received a rare private tour of Bellosguardo, her mysterious estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara.
Fascinating... A gripping rags-to-riches story * Daily Mail *
Extraordinary... An amazing tale -- Lynn Barber * Sunday Times *
Empty Mansions is at once an engrossing portrait of a forgotten American heiress and a fascinating meditation on the crosswinds of extreme wealth. Hugely entertaining and well researched, Empty Mansions is a fabulous read. -- Amanda Foreman
Dedman has a keen understanding of the public appetite for such a story and... is thorough, sympathetic and gently wry -- Cressida Connolly * Sunday Telegraph *
Absorbing... A powerful illustration of the pitfalls of wealth. * Financial Times *
Her story is one of the strangest and loneliest imaginable but, in this compassionate, engrossing account of it, Dedman and Newell have done their shy heroine justice. -- Lucy Moore * Literary Review *
An amazing story of profligate wealth, one so wild that 'American aspiration' doesn't begin to describe its excesses . . . An outsized tale of rags-to-riches prosperity * The New York Times *
An evocative and rollicking read, part social history, part hothouse mystery, part grand guignol. * The Daily Beast *
Empty Mansions is a dazzlement and a wonder... This is an enchanting journey into the mysteries of the mind, a true-to-life exploration of strangeness and delight. -- Pat Conroy
Empty Mansions reveals this mysterious family in sumptuous detail. -- John Berendt