Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.19 × 5.55 × 1.21 in
Published: March 4, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1250028663
ISBN - 13: 9781250028662
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1 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. Our house, a roomy Victorian on Pleasant Avenue, was wrapped in the tiny white blooms of Confederate jasmine and the purple splendor of morning glories. It was a Saturday, and early yet, and cloudy. Birds had congregated in the big magnolia tree and were singing at top volume as if auditioning to be soloists in a Sunday choir. From our back stairway’s window I saw a slow horse pulling a rickety wagon. Behind it walked two colored women who called out the names of vegetables as they went. Beets! Sweet peas! Turnips! they sang, louder even than the birds. “Hey, Katy,” I said, coming into the kitchen. “Bess and Clara are out there, did you hear ’em?” On the wide wooden table was a platter covered by a dish towel. “Plain?” I asked hopefully, reaching beneath the towel for a biscuit. “No, cheese—now, don’t make that face,” she said, opening the door to wave to her friends. “Nothin’ today!” she shouted. Turning to me, she said, “You can’t have peach preserves every day of your life.” “Old Aunt Julia said that was the only thing keepin’ me sweet enough to evade the devil.” I bit into the biscuit and said, mouth full, “Are the Lord and Lady still asleep?” “They both in t
From the Publisher
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 brings us Zelda's
irresistible story as she herself might have told it.
About the Author
THERESE ANNE FOWLER is the author of the New York Times
bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Raised
in the Midwest, she migrated to North Carolina in 1995. She holds a
B.A. in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative
writing from North Carolina State University.
“Fowler expertly depicts the rapture of the couple’s early love, and later, the bullying and sickness that drove them apart… Z zips along addictively.” — Entertainment Weekly “[A] richly imagined novel…Here [Zelda’s] touching story is also fascinating and funny, it animates an entire era.” — People “A gorgeously rendered piece of literary entertainment, not a biography but rather a love story set in the Jazz Age.” — The Daily News "A tender, intimate exploration of a complicated woman." — Library Journal “Fowler’s Zelda is all we would expect and more…once she meets the handsome Scott, her life takes off on an arc of indulgence and decadence that still causes us to shake our heads in wonder…soirées with Picasso and his mistress, with Cole Porter and his wife, with Gerald and Sara Murphy, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Ezra Pound and Jean Cocteau. Scott’s friendship with Hemingway verges on a love affair—at least it’s close enough to one to make Zelda jealous. Ultimately, both of these tragic, pathetic and grand characters are torn apart by their inability to love or leave each other. Fowler has given us a lovely, sad and compulsively readable book.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Fowler renders rich period detal in this portrayal of a fascinating woman both blessed—and cursed—by fame." — Booklist "With lyrica