Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

St. Martin's Press | March 26, 2013 | Hardcover

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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.


 

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.47 × 6.41 × 1.27 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250028655

ISBN - 13: 9781250028655

As a muse to others or an artist in her own right, Zelda Fitzgerald casts a long shadow across twentieth century literature, fashion, and popular culture. She has been cast as an icon, a provocateur, as both angel and devil on the shoulders of a literary genius, but it was her zest for living and loving which made her a legend. Zelda could be both inspirational and insufferable in the same moment, and in Z, Therese Anne Fowler’s exquisite first novel, the essence of this enigmatic woman and her relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald is captured in all its glory and pain. Z follows Zelda from her early teenage years, falling for a young soldier and writer, through the literary fame that stalked their marriage, and finally into the devastating descent of their love. We watch as Zelda and Scott revel in the glamorous life encapsulated in Hemingway’s Moveable Feast, thriving on young love and the endless possibilities of Paris in the 1920’s. Scott’s star quickly rises, and Zelda’s yearning for a fuller life is palpable, as she stands impatiently at the edge of the spotlight. In a lesser writer’s hands Zelda’s story could have been either a puff piece or a hatchet job, but Fowler has an amazingly deft touch, and a deep respect for both Zelda and Scott. She brilliantly captures the tremendous, at times even theatrical love that binds them together, as well as the poisonous venom they both allow to seep into their relationship. Their moments of childish vulnerability, passion, and tenderness are endearing, and their viciousness is infuriating – these two truly cannot live with or without each other. Z unravels the enigma of Zelda Fitzgerald with grace, bravery, and profound honesty. Her spirit will haunt you long after the final page.

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.47 × 6.41 × 1.27 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250028655

ISBN - 13: 9781250028655

About the Book

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is 17 years old and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame.

From the Publisher

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.


 

 

About the Author

Therese Anne Fowler has an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University. The author of three contemporary novels, Fowler was compelled to tell Zelda's story when she learned that the famous flapper and her own mother passed away the same day. When Z first sold to a publisher in London the same day The Great Gatsby was published, she had to think it was fate. Fowler lives in South Florida.

Editorial Reviews

"A novel that is as heartbreaking as it is mesmerizing. About love, desire, betrayal, and one extraordinary woman struggling to shine in the world-even as the one she loves best is drawing the shades. Just magnificent." -Caroline Leavitt

"A wonderfully engaging read.  With crisp dialogue and vivid descriptions, Z delivers both a compelling love story and a poignant tale of a woman coming into her own as an artist." -Heidi W. Durrow

"An utterly engrossing portrayal of Zelda Fitzgerald and the legendary circles in which she moved. In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, Therese Anne Fowler shines a light on Zelda instead of her more famous husband, providing both justice and the voice she struggled to have heard in her lifetime." -Sara Gruen

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