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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
  

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby film was all over everything in the summer but I don’t think it was the success predicted. Nonetheless the story itself is great and the original classic a must read. This is the story of the author’s wife, a southern belle who married ‘beneath’ her but the success of her husband’s career made them rich and famous. It’s a tale of excess and eventual madness but mostly it’s a tale of a wonderful period, the Jazz Age and the literary scene in Paris.

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

'If ever a couple ...became an era, it was F Scott Fitzgerald and his glamorous flapper wife, Zelda. They were the Jazz Age.' - The Independent '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 and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, Zelda has fallen for him, even though Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. When he sells his first novel, she optimistically boards a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. 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, but not even Jay Gatsby's parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous - sometimes infamous - husband? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it.

Reviews

'If ever a couple ... became an era, it was F Scott Fitzgerald and his glamorous flapper wife, Zelda. They were the Jazz Age.' The Independent

'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, bestselling author of Water for Elephants

'Finely researched, entertaining and very plausible.' Vogue UK

'A brilliant example of what biographical fiction can be. Read it, read it, read it.' The Daily Mail

'An often superb novel.' Independent on Sunday

'Fowler articulates the story of Zelda in the first person, encapsulating her struggle exquisitely. She amplifies Zelda's whisper into a lion's roar. Our girl finally gets the justice, autonomy, and recognition she so desperately craved in her lifetime. The era is projected in full technicolour and makes for utterly compulsive reading. Stylist A treat.' Sunday Times Style

'Fowler's convincing interpretation of Zelda Fitzgerald and her marriage to the darling of the Jazz Era, F Scott Fitzgerald, is a hypnotic read.' Herald Scotland

'In her new novel Z, Fowler draws a compellingly complete portrait of that other Paris (and New York and St. Paul and Long Island) wife: mother, painter, writer, flapper, feminist Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. USA Today A thrilling read.' Stylist.co.uk

'Zips along addictively and exposes the dark side of artistic ambition. Entertainment Weekly A gorgeously rendered piece of literary entertainment, not a biography but rather a love story set in the Jazz Age.' New York Daily News

'A must-read.' Marie Claire

'Captures the playful, deeply loving, sexy relationship between the young Fitzgeralds.' Huffington Post

'Z is a fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald's life - giving voice to the determined, intelligent and vibrant woman who struggled to find her identity in the shadow of her husband, whose demons challenged them both with heartbreaking consequences. An unforgettable read.' Australian Woman's Weekly

About the Author

Therese has a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing. Her work has won honours from the Faulkner Society and Thomas Wolfe Fiction prize competitions. She was an editorial assistant and taught undergraduate fiction writing before leaving academia to write full-time. An Illinois native , she has two grown sons and two nearly grown stepsons, and currently lives in North Carolina with her husband.

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Publication date

12th September 2013

Author

Therese Anne Fowler

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Publisher

Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
384 pages

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Biography / Autobiography
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9781444761436

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