A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Large Print - 2013
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When beautiful, reckless, seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance, he isn't rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. After Scott sells his first novel, Zelda defies her parents to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is the Jazz Age, and for Zelda and Scott the future will be grander and stranger than they could have ever imagined.
Publisher: Waterville, ME :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410457493
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Fowler Therese 05/2013
Characteristics: 621 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.


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" As it is in the South, in New York City the buildings have names. And as it is in Society, some names carry more import than others. Our destination for George Jean Nathan's cocktail party was a high-society building named the Royalton, which was a hotel and a residence, both." "Pound led us to the bar. A dark-haired mustached man wearing what appeared to be two thick, gray sweaters was saying goodbye to a pair of women I'd later know as Duff and Kitty. He looked to be in his mid-twenties, same as me, strikingly attractive, his face suntanned--from skiing, we'd learn--his hair mussed and curling onto his forehead, his dark eyes keen and brooding." " ' Critics are all a bunch of goddamned eunuchs,' said Hemingway." " ....poor Hadley, arriving at Villa America with only Bumby whole everyone knew that Hemingway, in Madrid for the moment, was carrying on with Pauline-----though we weren't certain yet whether Hadley knew." Ms. Fowler has written a truly evocative novel.

Vero_biblio Oct 16, 2018

She once said ''Experience teaches you how to do things you never want to do again''. Discover the woman behind her giant of a husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

DBRL_ReginaF Jun 21, 2018

I love Zelda Fitzgerald so much more than I hate F. Scott Fitzgerald. I wonder what she could have done if she had been allowed to do so.

May 26, 2017

Such a provoking book. I couldn't stop reading, and once I finally got to the end I wanted to learn more about this destructive couple. I fell in love with Zelda and began to dislike Scott; it's such an enthralling work.

Nov 26, 2015

"In that alternative world, there might be no Paradise, no Gatsby, none of the hundred or so published stories that readers so love."

With these words, Zelda contemplates what might have been had she not married Fitzgerald.
True or egotistical?
Perhaps we may not have known Gatsby or Paradise but would Fitzgerald have had no stories in him at all or other equally wonderful (or better) stories in him without Zelda?
Who's to say how much a person influences another's life for either the good or the bad?

I find books of this era and this circle of artistic, talented young Americans uneven and hard to like or dislike. It must have been an exciting, fascinating time and yet it was a time of such indulgence and evading of responsibility that it also makes for a very superficial, frivolous time. I enjoy the excitement of the times; I am repelled by the indulgence and "woe is me" attitude.
All in all, the story of Zelda and Fitgerald is a sad one. These two brought out the worst in each other.

LPL_KateG Aug 31, 2015

The "Last Wednesday Book Club" at LPL read Z last month! It was a pretty cute story, and entertaining, but also difficult at times to discern how much was fact vs. fabrication. Great for readers who enjoy novels based on real lives!

dairyqueen Feb 10, 2015

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.

Cynthia_N Jan 10, 2015

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.

lbarkema Sep 21, 2014

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.

Jane60201 Jun 16, 2014

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.

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