Z A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (Hardcover)
|Author: Therese Anne Fowler|
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|When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is 17 years old and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn''t prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame.|
From the Publisher:
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.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. 150,000 first printing.
"Z zips along addictively and exposes the dark side of artistic ambition." - Stephan Lee 03/29/2013