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by Therese Anne Fowler

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, America, France
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 1918 - 1940s America & Paris

2013 Historical Fiction Nominee

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With lyrical prose, Fowler’s Z beautifully portrays the frenzied lives of, and complicated relationship between, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Readers see them from first meeting to the turbulent years of their marriage; from New York to Paris during the Jazz Age; from grand passion to jealousy, alcoholism and madness. Fowler carefully allows Zelda’s language to imitate her: at times flighty and flirty, but always with an edge of strength — and later confused and unbalanced. This is a novel that will open readers’ minds to the life of an often misunderstood woman — one not easily forgotten.

From the day she meets aspiring writer Scott at a country club dance in Alabama to the day of her death, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s complex relationship is one of grand passion coupled with emotional trauma. With Zelda’s bobbed hair, cigarette holders and flapper dresses and Scott as the debonair bestselling author, the Fitzgeralds are soon the epitome of the ex-pat Jazz Age “it” couple. But behind the whirl lurks trouble in paradise. (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 384 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: April 2013

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