Women of Privilege traces the decline of a once-privileged Hudson River Valley family where the neighbours were Vanderbilts, Delanos, and Roosevelts. Susan Gillotti provides us an insight into her ancestors' heretofore secret lives, culled from private diaries, letters, and journals of the three generations of women who inhabited Grasmere - one of the great houses of the Hudson River Valley. On the surface, their lives seem ideal, but beneath that facade, there was mental illness, alcoholism, yearning for divorce, and questions of sexual identity.
Susan Gillotti is a Jungian psychotherapist. She grew up in Washington, D.C. and lived in London for many years. She holds degrees from Vassar College and Lesley University, and has published articles in the "Journal of Sandplay Therapy." She is co-author of "How to Go to Work When Your Husband Is Against It, Your Children Aren't Old Enough," and "There's Nothing You Can Do Anyhow." She lives in Norwich, Vermont with her husband, A. F. Gillotti, the novelist.