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.