Z

Z

A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Book - 2013
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"When I saw that Amazon Prime was unveiling its original pilot for Z , a biographical series based on Therese Anne Fowler's novel about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, I raised a wary eyebrow. . . But I was wrong, oh me of little faith. . . [I]t's an enveloping period piece, perfectly cast, and I would like to see the pilot green-lighted into a series so that we can see this romance go up like a rocket with one loud champagne pop and strew debris across mansion lawns and luxury hotel lobbies in its transcontinental path." --Vanity Fair

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 join the 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's New York Times bestseller brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781250028655
Branch Call Number: FOW
Characteristics: 375 p. ;,25 cm

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amsuarez1
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.

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FVReader
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.

KateHillier Jun 11, 2014

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.

patcumming May 23, 2014

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

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greeneer
Apr 29, 2014

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.

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