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

Hardcover | March 26, 2013

byTherese Anne Fowler

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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.

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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 ...

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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 arm...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.47 × 6.41 × 1.27 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting take on the era and what was happening in society. It portrays the beginning of the decline of American aristocracy, if one can verbalized it as such.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well-written piece of fiction that is both entertaining and informative. The author does a great job of capturing the dynamic between Zelda and F. Scott. One of my favourite reads in a long time.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely worth reading! I was consumed by this novel, I couldn't put it down. Therese does a wonderful job of painting the life of Zelda and Scott... I loved it!!
Date published: 2013-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wanted to like it.. I wanted to like this book so much. I adore reading about Scott, and Zelda, but this book was so boring. I just could not find myself getting into it. I found the book would just drag on, and the way the novel was written was not interesting to me in the least. I can master a book in a few days, but this took me weeks to even get half way though. Sadly, I just got fed up and called it quits.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I enjoyed this novel - I felt like I was living Zelda's life right along with her...it was sad to see the oppression the women in those times were subject to by the male-dominated society of that time. They weren't "permitted" to "be" who they were perhaps meant to be other than "someone's wife and/or mother"....she likely would have had a longer and healthier life had she been able to be the person she was born to be - at least been able to use the talents she was given. Women today should take this as a lesson that we are living in a time that we should nurture our God-given talents and abilities. It's okay to be something other than a wife and mother. Take every opportunity we can to nurture our "whole" life and share them!
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looking for Zelda While this novel has the facts right, I can't believe that this is Zelda's voice. She was such a vibrant, fun loving person who could turn into a morose and tragic person. Her real character does not shine through but then neither does Scott's - a man who used words in large flavorful helpings. Perhaps their true essence cannot be captured.
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Read I at first was a little disappointed in this book. I for some reason thought I would be reading a true biography. But most books that are written and assumed to be a biography are simply one writers opinion in some respects. So moving on, I enjoyed the book and was saddened by the great love story becoming such a sad tale. These two people still in one way loving each other yet so very far apart they were destroying one another. The role of Hemmingway was also quite interesting and a good part of the this story. I liked it.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! 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.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb, wonderful, couldn't put it down! I was compelled to read this book just based on the cover. I learned such much about the time period and my heart went out to Zelda in all aspect. I felt connected with her and know that I would have loved to have been her best friend during that era. She showed me just how remarkable she trying was and that was definitely a "mere shadow" of the times.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tragic and utterly lovely We all have preconceived notions about the glamour that encompassed the roaring twenties, but Fowler lets you see the more destructive side of some of that era's most talented artists. Z gives Zelda Fitzgerald a voice like she has never been given before and you will be unable to pull away from her poisonous but exhilarating marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald. This novel is a work of art itself with such beautiful writing and a wonderful narrator. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2013-01-21

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Editorial Reviews

"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 lyrical prose, Fowler's Z beautifully portrays the frenzied lives of, and complicated relationship between, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald...This is a novel that will open readers' minds to the life of an often misunderstood woman--one not easily forgotten." -RT Book 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