The "Weird Wendels": An Epic True Story of The Famous New York and Irvington Residents

04jun2:00 pm3:30 pmThe "Weird Wendels": An Epic True Story of The Famous New York and Irvington Residents

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For seven decades the Wendels locked up their Fifth Avenue mansion to spend their Summers in Irvington, where they kept cows and chickens and a kitchen garden.  The family had made a fortune in New York real estate but as the Gilded Age came to an end this once fabulous, famous family turned against each other and became mired in gossip and intrigue.   One sibling spent most of her adult life in an asylum, another was imprisoned in the Irvington house by her brother and had to fight in court to prove that she was sane, and seven out of eight of the siblings never married.  Who were the family whom the New York press dubbed “the weird Wendels”?  Join Claire Prentice, the author of Curse of Riches, as she leads us through the story of this fascinating family.

Claire Prentice is the bestselling author of Doctor Ice PickMiracle at Coney Island, and The Lost Tribe of Coney Island.  Claire’s books uncover hidden histories and the compelling, flawed characters at the center of them.  Her new work, Curse of Riches , tells the epic true story of the Wendels, Gilded Age New York’s most dysfunctional family.  She is from Edinburgh, Scotland, but lived in New York for many years.

You can find a link to the Audible Book version of Curse of Riches, which is Claire’s book about the Wendels, HERE


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