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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald | [Therese Anne Fowler]

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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, 17-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....
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Publisher's Summary

"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

"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, 17-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.

©2013 Therese Anne Fowler (P)2013 Macmillan

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    Carmen Burlington, NC, United States 05-20-13
    Carmen Burlington, NC, United States 05-20-13
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    If you could sum up Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald in three words, what would they be?

    glamorous, worldly, tragic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald?

    There's simply no way I could pick one...seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    Jenna Lamia blew me away! Will look for her as much as the titles! This book was almost exhausting. It was as if I was following Zelda and Scott step for step. What a ride! I hate the lack of a happy ending...a happy 'anything', in the lives of this couple...but it was compelling.

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    Tracey United States 05-18-13
    Tracey United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it! Loved the performance!"

    Jenna Lamia is a wonderful narrator and she was just perfect as Zelda Fitzgerald. The story is fascinating. A beautiful portrait of a misunderstood woman and her fragile marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jazz age Paris is portrayed in all it's crazy glamour. I think this will appeal to all who give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 05-07-13
    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Mundane"
    Would you try another book from Therese Anne Fowler and/or Jenna Lamia?

    Maybe.


    Would you recommend Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would warn my friends away from this book. I always enjoy a fictional autobiography, but this book took interesting people and creative genius and turned into a mundane melodrama.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine. Maybe a tad shrill.


    Could you see Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie about Scott and Zelda bickering? No thanks.


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    Zelda Kenton, TN, United States 05-02-13
    Zelda Kenton, TN, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Faciniating Woman!"
    Would you listen to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald again? Why?

    I would listen again! There are so many things going on that it's possible to miss something the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zelda of course! I was named after her and am in awe of her. During a time when society thought that a woman couldnt possibly be happy if she wasnt a wife and mother. Zelda knew that she had a mind of her own, her own opinions, thoughts and emotions and didnt think anything of expressing her opinion. She was open to new things, unconventional things, egar to experience new people and places.


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Zelda.....I loved the first person account and always enjoy Jenna's portrails, she really makes a story come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, once I got started I didnt want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen, insite into a faciniating women during a faciniating time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha East Hampton, NY, United States 04-18-13
    Martha East Hampton, NY, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Compelling story and performance"

    Like the Paris Wife, a compelling story of the wife of F Scott Fitzgerald, and another who suffers as the wife. The narrator does an excellent job with Zelda, though the portrayal of Scott wasn't as good and sounded rather forced. I would recommend this book/listen.

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    Amazon Customer Sterling, IL, United States 04-09-13
    Amazon Customer Sterling, IL, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Z Best!"
    What made the experience of listening to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald the most enjoyable?

    The story is so real I felt I knew the Fitzgeralds; the narration was amazing. This is truly a love story that is heartbreaking.


    What other book might you compare Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to and why?

    I would compare this to the movie, The Way We Were.


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Lamia made me feel that I was hearing Zelda speak; she made Zelda come alive for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book; even the happiness in the Fitzgeralds' lives brought tears to my eyes. They were so in love but were just not good for each other.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 05-03-13
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 05-03-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Finally... the truth about poor Z"

    I was fascinated by this book and pleased with the reading; over all it was a satisfying read, that inspired me to check out "Paradise".

    She lived a very complicated life with a very complicated, and rather self destructive, man. My heart went out to her and I wonder if she would have become so emotionally unbalanced if she had married someone else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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