Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler, Author
Therese Anne Fowler. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-02865-5
Reviewed on: 02/18/2013
Release date: 03/26/2013
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Jazz Age legends F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald come into focus in Fowler’s rich debut. The famous couple have a whirlwind courtship in Montgomery, Ala., where Scott was briefly stationed at the end of WWI, and Zelda was the talk of the town. Then Fowler unfolds the next 20 years: the couple’s New York celebrity after This Side of Paradise; the years in Paris with the other “Lost Generation” expats; and their return to the U.S. to treat Zelda’s schizophrenia. Fowler is a close study of their famously tumultuous relationship, sparing no detail by following the Fitzgeralds through the less glamorous parts of their lives and the more obscure moments of history, including Zelda’s obsession with ballet and the strained relationship she had with their daughter, Scottie. Most consistently, Zelda is worried about money, her husband’s alcoholism and lack of productivity, and her own desire for recognition. Although obviously well researched, Zelda, who splashed in the Union Square fountain and sat atop taxi cabs, doesn’t have, in Fowler’s hands, the edge that history suggests. Fowler portrays a softer, more anxious Zelda, but loveable nonetheless, whose world is one of textured sensuality. Announced first printing of 150,000. Agent: Wendy Sherman, Wendy Sherman Associates. (Apr.)
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