Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau: Author News
NEW COVERAGE for New York Times bestseller THE LAST CASTLE includes

DeniseKiernan

Oct 06, 2017

(on-sale September 26; Touchstone)

**C-SPAN’s “Book TV” will air Denise Kiernan’s October 19 appearance at Kramerbooks.**

WALL STREET JOURNAL / September 30
“Kiernan’s research is prodigious. Among much else, she tells us who stayed at Biltmore as lucky house guests, what they ate, which phonograph records they played, and what mischief they got up to. In short, she brings the place to life. And she doesn’t leave out the juicy bits from the family history: adultery, bankruptcy, suicide. . . . ‘The Last Castle,’ with its engaging narrative and array of detail, allows us to pay a visit without discomfort and with all the pleasure of a stroll through one of American history’s more stately pleasure domes.”

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW / October 15
“The book’s vitality lies in the details [Kiernan] reveals about the architects, writers, artists and peers of the Vanderbilts who spent time at Biltmore.”

RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER / October 5
“Kiernan peels back the layers of the Vanderbilts’ lives to tell a story that is both intimate and sweeping. . . . ‘The Last Castle’ is not simply a story of a fancy house and how it was built. The book is subtitled ‘The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home,’ and lives up to that by putting a very human face on both Vanderbilts.

BOOKREPORTER.com / September 29
“For those who couldn’t get enough of ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘The Last Castle’ might satisfy that desire to peer into the lives of wealthy members of the reigning elite.”