A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Fowler, Therese

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we're ruined, Look closer... and you'll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed. When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner's, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel-and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera-where they jointhe endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby's parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous-sometimes infamous-husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott's, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 1250028655
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,25 cm


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Feb 11, 2015
  • dairyqueen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the spirit of "Loving Frank" and "The Paris Wife" Therese Fowler shines a light on Zelda instead of her more famous husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lifestyle they lead is fascinating.

Jan 10, 2015
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a great read!! Although this is a work of fiction, it reads like an memoir. I picked up the book because of the Fitzgerald's mention in the 2014 All Pueblo Reads The Paris Wife and I'm so glad that I did.

Sep 21, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This novel didn't blow me away but it is always interesting to read these fictional accounts of famous wives, and this was no different.

Jun 16, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I learned a lot about the Fitzgeralds as well as other writers, artists and intellectuals of that period. It was an easy read that I would recommend to anyone interested in that period of history.

Jun 11, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are probably the most infamous literary couple of their time. This is perhaps the first time Zelda's story, fictional or otherwise, is told and for that fact along it is interesting. The pair get engaged and married relatively quickly and, even though Zelda wishes to be her own person, he desires and passions are side lined or outright taken away from her in the perhaps questionable name of her health. You want to throttle them both at points, especially as they drive each other away and yet keep coming back.

It reads a bit more like a historical overview with a bit of exploration but it is still well worth the read.

May 23, 2014
  • patcumming rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A fine read but more like a historical recounting of Zelda and Scott's life together than a novel.

Apr 29, 2014
  • greeneer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While this book is rooted in a historical scope, it is still a work of fiction. I found that I increasingly couldn't stand Scott Fitzgerald and his insecurities toward his own success. I felt for Zelda and wanted to see her succeed in her passions. I enjoyed the overall book but found it a bit confusing when it came to timeline. I had a difficult time determining where I was in time. At one point, we would jump 2 years in the matter of a couple pages.

Feb 03, 2014
  • TulsaTimeTraveler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book takes you into the magical world of privileged jazz-age writers and artists, thoroughly dazzles you with extravagant parties and gatherings, then snaps you back to reality with the reminder that living in excess often leads to undesirable consequences.

Sep 30, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book made me look at F. Scott Fitzgerald in a completely different light. Very typical - people become more famous when they are dead. It made me have greater respect for Zelda, the woman behind Fitzgerald's success. Bear in mind that this is still largely fictional.

Aug 20, 2013

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