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Publisher's Summary

From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, seeming to float on champagne bubbles above the mundane cares of the world. But to those who truly knew them, the endless parties were only a distraction from their inner turmoil and from a love that united them with a scorching intensity.

When Zelda is committed to a Baltimore psychiatric clinic in 1932, vacillating between lucidity and madness in her struggle to forge an identity separate from her husband, the famous writer, she finds a sympathetic friend in her nurse, Anna Howard. Held captive by her own tragic past, Anna is increasingly drawn into the Fitzgeralds' tumultuous relationship. As she becomes privy to Zelda's most intimate confessions, written in a secret memoir meant only for her, Anna begins to wonder which Fitzgerald is the true genius. But in taking ever greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she intended.

©2013 Erika Robuck (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] haunting and beautifully atmospheric novel...brilliantly brings Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald to life in all their doomed beauty, with compelling and unforgettable results." (Alex George, author of A Good American)

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If you want to read about Zelda and Scott, move on

It took a lot of guts for Zelda Fitzgerald to live her life as wild and freely as she did. It took even more guts to write this book.

I love Zelda and Scott. They weren't perfect. I don't know anyone who meets that criteria in real life anyway... So it wasn't the liberties taken with the content that bothered me. In fact, most would argue that Scott and Zelda were much wilder than this book describes. What bothered me was the fact that the nurse 'narrator' seemed to have more mental health issues than Zelda did. Then I began to question my own sanity. Then I slowly, carefully deleted this book from my library.

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Dull

It was a struggle and I ultimately could not finish it. It's amazing that the writer could turn a story about such dynamic people into something so dull.

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  • scott
  • Paia, HI, United States
  • 07-07-13

Wonderful...

What did you love best about Call Me Zelda?

I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life of Zelda Fitzergerald. Robuck did a wonderful job of making you feel as if you were there seeing her life through her nurse. A great summer read..

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  • harvey
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States
  • 06-06-13

Thin story, staccato performance

Is there anything you would change about this book?

THe story is not sophisticated and the reading is poor.

What was most disappointing about Erika Robuck’s story?

THe story is predictable and lacking depth.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance is staccato often particularly for male characters. Seems like the author is too in love with her book.