A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Fowler, Therese

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250028655
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOWLER 2013
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,25 cm


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First a fictionalized account of Hemingway's first wife, now one of Fitzgerald's.

Join the discussion on Oct. 14, 2014. 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, Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself mig... Read More »

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Feb 11, 2015
  • dairyqueen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the spirit of "Loving Frank" and "The Paris Wife" Therese Fowler shines a light on Zelda instead of her more famous husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lifestyle they lead is fascinating.

Jan 10, 2015
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a great read!! Although this is a work of fiction, it reads like an memoir. I picked up the book because of the Fitzgerald's mention in the 2014 All Pueblo Reads The Paris Wife and I'm so glad that I did.

Sep 21, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This novel didn't blow me away but it is always interesting to read these fictional accounts of famous wives, and this was no different.

Jun 16, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I learned a lot about the Fitzgeralds as well as other writers, artists and intellectuals of that period. It was an easy read that I would recommend to anyone interested in that period of history.

Jun 11, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are probably the most infamous literary couple of their time. This is perhaps the first time Zelda's story, fictional or otherwise, is told and for that fact along it is interesting. The pair get engaged and married relatively quickly and, even though Zelda wishes to be her own person, he desires and passions are side lined or outright taken away from her in the perhaps questionable name of her health. You want to throttle them both at points, especially as they drive each other away and yet keep coming back.

It reads a bit more like a historical overview with a bit of exploration but it is still well worth the read.

May 23, 2014
  • patcumming rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A fine read but more like a historical recounting of Zelda and Scott's life together than a novel.

Apr 29, 2014
  • greeneer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While this book is rooted in a historical scope, it is still a work of fiction. I found that I increasingly couldn't stand Scott Fitzgerald and his insecurities toward his own success. I felt for Zelda and wanted to see her succeed in her passions. I enjoyed the overall book but found it a bit confusing when it came to timeline. I had a difficult time determining where I was in time. At one point, we would jump 2 years in the matter of a couple pages.

Feb 03, 2014
  • TulsaTimeTraveler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book takes you into the magical world of privileged jazz-age writers and artists, thoroughly dazzles you with extravagant parties and gatherings, then snaps you back to reality with the reminder that living in excess often leads to undesirable consequences.

Sep 30, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book made me look at F. Scott Fitzgerald in a completely different light. Very typical - people become more famous when they are dead. It made me have greater respect for Zelda, the woman behind Fitzgerald's success. Bear in mind that this is still largely fictional.

Aug 20, 2013

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