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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (edition 2013)

by Therese Anne Fowler

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Title:Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Authors:Therese Anne Fowler
Info:St. Martin's Press (2013), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Biggest literary disappointment in quite a while for me. I had high hopes starting out, but soon realized this is a "beach read" at best. this book broke my heart, not because the Fitzgeralds have such a tragic story, but because this fascinating story was told in such an underwhelming way. ( )
  hamm4d | Nov 24, 2016 |
Biggest literary disappointment in quite a while for me. I had high hopes starting out, but soon realized this is a "beach read" at best. this book broke my heart, not because the Fitzgeralds have such a tragic story, but because this fascinating story was told in such an underwhelming way. ( )
  hamm4d | Nov 24, 2016 |
This was just fine. It's definitely Team Zelda and poor Scott doesn't come off too well. Forget about Hemingway. Was he really such an asshole? I think probably yes.

If you want the basics with a bit of a feminist slant, this will give them to you in a very palatable way. But it does lack a certain spark.

Stewart O' Nan's West of Sunset is a much better novel though more Team Scott and Amanda Vail's dual biography of Gerald and Sara Murphy Everybody was so Young is a great and highly readable introduction to this time period. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
"utterly engrossing" - for once I agree with the cover endorsements. Although a fictional account it captures Zelda's voice rather than her husbands. They both drank a lot and partied hard! ( )
  siri51 | Aug 21, 2016 |
I knew very little about Zelda Fitzgerald before I read this book, but by the time I finished it I had been moved by her passionate life. The reader begins to get to know her as a teenager in Montgomery, Alabama, when she is dancing ballet and defying the restrictions her parents place upon her. When she meets Scott Fitzgerald, a young army Lieutenant, she falls head over heels for the dashing young man with dreams of becoming a novelist. She eventually runs off to New York to marry him--against the advice of her father--and they begin their legendary adventures as one of the elite couples of the Jazz age. During the ups and downs of their marriage, Zelda encounters many stimulating muses--in Scott himself, and then in the many creative people they meet . She paints and writes and tends to their daughter Scottie--but her husband's drinking and controlling personality creates a lot of friction in their home. Scott is perhaps just a product of his times, but the way the author portrays his attempts to mold Zelda into a dutiful, supportive wife grates against modern feminist views, some of which are beginning to emerge at the time. Here Zelda's mental illness seems to be partly that she would not make Scott the center of her world, or give up her own literary and artistic dreams. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially if they enjoy seeing it through the eyes of a woman rather than that of a man. And the audiobook version is marvelously done, the voice of the narrator-who does a fine southern accent-truly made it seem as if Zelda was telling the story herself. ( )
  debs4jc | Jun 19, 2016 |
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Happily, happily foreverafterward - the best we could.
- Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

—T.S. Eliot
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Prologue: Dear Scott, The Love of the Last Tycoon is a great title for your novel.
Chapter I: Picture a late June morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.
Though I suspect he has someone out there, he writes to me all the time, and always ends his letters, With dearest love... My letters to him are signed, Devotedly... Even now, when we haven’t shared an address in six years, when he’s probably shining his light on some adoring girl who surely thinks she has saved him, we’re both telling it true. This is what we’ve got at the moment, who we are. It’s not nearly what we once had--the good. I mean--but it’s also not what we once had, meaning the bad.
I rested my head against his shoulder and we watched the sun set, just like you might see in the movies. We’d worked hard to create this lovely, new domestic bliss, and before Gatsby’s publication, right up until the book was printed and put into the hands of both the reading and the reviewing public, it looked as if we might actually succeed. Wait: if I leave it at that, it’ll sound like the novel’s disappointing performance is to blame for the disaster we made of our lives, and that’s not really so. Ernest Hemingway is to blame.
Trouble has lots of forms. There’s financial trouble and marital trouble, there’s trouble with friends and trouble with landlords and trouble with liquor and trouble with the law. Every sort of trouble I can think of, we’ve tried it out--become expert at some of it, even, so much so that I’ve come to wonder whether artists in particular seek out hard times the way flowers turn their faces toward the sun.
Scott and I had a row last weekend and haven’t spoken since--but as we are going to Sylvia Beach’s dinner for James Joyce tonight, I’ll once again have to put on my Mrs. F. Scott costume and try to play nice with him and the other children. Whose life is this, anyway? Only when I’m sweating rivers perfecting my plies in the studio do I feel like a whole and real person.
Scott spent the next several days drafting a story he called ‘The Rich Boy,’ then set it aside and returned to his routine of having cocktails with those very same types.
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Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume—same as I would wear that evening…

Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match. But when Scott finally sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, Zelda defies her parents to board a train to New York and marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Life is a sudden whirl of glamour and excitement: Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his beautiful, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, trades in her provincial finery for daring dresses, and plunges into the endless party that welcomes the darlings of the literary world to New York, then Paris and the French Riviera.

It is the Jazz Age, when everything seems new and possible—except that dazzling success does not always last. Surrounded by a thrilling array of magnificent hosts and mercurial geniuses—including Sara and Gerald Murphy, Gertrude Stein, and the great and terrible Ernest Hemingway—Zelda and Scott find the future both grander and stranger than they could have ever imagined.
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A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.… (more)

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