I finished the Fannie Flagg book, and I liked it. It's one of those books whete the characters I believe will stay with you. It got too complicated at the end -- too many side plots and side characters for my taste. I was thinking that I only have a limited amount of "care" for characters, and there were too many good-guy characters to care aboout.
In any event, now I'm reading Swans of Fifth Avenue, which is a novel based on real events. Google books says:
In 1975, a clique of Manhattan socialites discover that literary lion Truman Capote revealed their dirtiest laundry to the world in a story published to great fanfare in Esquire—a real-life event that inspires this novel. As the women (the metaphorical swans of the novel’s title) face his perfidy, they attempt to untangle an intimacy with Capote that dates back to 1955.