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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE TELEVISION DRAMA Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING

"When I saw that Amazon Prime was unveiling its original pilot for Z, a biographical series based on Therese Anne Fowler's novel about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, I raised a wary eyebrow. . . But I was wrong, oh me of little faith. . . [I]t's an enveloping period piece, perfectly cast, and I would like to see the pilot green-lighted into a series so that we can see this romance go up like a rocket with one loud champagne pop and strew debris across mansion lawns and luxury hotel lobbies in its transcontinental path." —Vanity Fair

I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we're ruined, Look closer…and you'll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed.

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner's, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby's parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott's, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it.

©2013 Therese Anne Fowler (P)2013 Macmillan

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  • Kit G
  • Campbell, CA United States
  • 08-14-17

A story of insight & optimism

Sweet, lovely, and insightful into another era. What great and creative minds came from this optimistic time in U.S. and Western European history.

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Really loved the story!

Couldn't put it down aka stop listening.
The only thing I knew about her was the new Amazon show that came out. I loved the show and thought she was such an interesting character.
This was a great story and I find myself now looking up all I can about Zelda Fitzgerald.
The narrative sucked you into the story and it felt as if you were a fly on the wall in that era.

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An Enjoyable Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I already have. It's an interesting story based on Zelda Fitzgerald. I have watched the mini-series which was good, but the book is even better.

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The narrator did an excellent job! I would purchase more books based solely if Jenna Lamia was narrating.

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Love it.

I can not say how much I enjoyes this book. A must read for all who enjoy a womans point of view.

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Brilliant

I'm slightly obsessed with the 1920s and The Great Gatsby, and I'd had this on my TBR list for at least a year. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. It's brilliant, simply put. The writing is wonderful, the story fascinating and the narrator perfect. I knew almost nothing about Zelda before so picked this up, which is a shame. What a remarkable person. Highly recommended.

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Zelda pretty good

it was just...okay. the reader was AWESOME...story...just ok, kinda all over the place..kinda weird story

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Zelda

loved reading about such a fascinating woman and what a crazy life she led.

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Page-Turning Classic

Wonderful insight into the real 1920s and 1930s. Both feminists and literary nerds will love this! I must say, I now want to re-read many of Fitzgerald's books to see if I can tell who really wrote certain parts. Zelda is a charismatic and lovely person, who's real flaws and talents kept me turning each page.

The performance made me feel like Zelda was really talking to me. I cannot get over how wonderful the story was present, both in the writing and in the performance.

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I loved this book so much!

Probably the only thing I like almost as much as the Victorian age is this time period. The Golden Age. I was spurred on to buy this book by the TV series. I love them both!

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A great story of the first couple of the "jazz age"

A novel that depicts the detailed relationship between Scott and Zelda; their life in Paris and their conflicts. Some themes discussed are relevant today.
Details the period and the artists.