Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Mrs. Astor Regrets
This book is currently on my reading list. I don't usually read "tabloid" or gossipy stuff much, but this story has intrigued me from day one. I was reading about this case in the papers as it was unfolding (and it is not yet resolved) before Mrs. Astor passed away, and all I could think about was how sad and sordid it all was and how this lovely woman would have hated it so much. USA Today wrote about the book and its author yesterday.
If you're unfamiliar with the story, the short version is that the grandson files suit against his own father for improper care (elder abuse) of the patriarch Mrs. Astor leading to Annette de la Renta being appointed guardian. Mrs. de la Renta took over management of Mrs. Astor's last days, seeing to it that she spent them in the company of her friends and her beloved dogs, and at the estate she so loved rather than in the city. Now that Mrs. Astor has died it boils down to a nasty case of fraud, money, and family infighting. Nasty buisness.
Can't wait to read it!