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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Audiobook

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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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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    serine 04-03-16
    serine 04-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Historical fiction at its best!"

    This novel, which focuses on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, began as any typical historical fiction novel, introducing the reader to Zelda and her famous husband to-be, F. Scott Fitzgerald. I often listen to historical fiction when I jog at the gym to make the time pass. Since this novel was fairly standard, I decided it wasn't captivating enough to use as a workout book. So, I listened each night before bed. Eventually I came to realize that what I was reading was a thoughtful, fictionalized portrayal of a woman who was living a life that mirrors that of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's as relayed in The Yellow Wallpaper. This 1920-1940s glimpse into fame, love, frustration, and madness was deeply satisfying to read.

    When Zelda was young, she viewed the world in an impractical manner, as many young people do. The author captures her transition from young naive girl to confused woman, always trying to navigate social rules, family ties, inner drives and impulses, love, the darkness within herself, and a desire to break free from it all. This book provides a very rich description of the obstacles that stood in her way, some of them self imposed and some of them barbaric external forces.

    Zelda's life was inextricably tied to Ernest Hemingway and some other famous people from the 1920s literary, art, music, and feminist scenes. That served as an added bonus to make this novel even more captivating. I will think about this book for a long time to come.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Stewart 04-07-16
    Ray Stewart 04-07-16
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    "Multitalented Woman"

    This story grew on me over time. In the beginning it seems too detailed, but the longer I listened to it, the more impressed I became with Zelda's spunk. I hope the real Zelda was as awesome a personality as the historical-fiction version.

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    Sam G. Hogwarts 03-16-16
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    "The Jazz Age story English classes never told"

    A wonderfully written story showing a complex, dimensional view of Zelda my classes never shared

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Thornton 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Extraordinary extraordinary extraordinary"

    What an amazing book. Absolutely fascinating beautifully written and beautifully narrated by Jenna Lamia. I never wanted to leave this story, but was caught in the river so to speak. Devastating, beautiful I don't even know what to say. Absolutely extraordinary

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 08-28-15
    Jane 08-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A compelling read"

    A satisfying but not brilliant re-working of the sad story of Zelda Fitzgerald. Enjoyable certainly, but no 'Paris Wife.' Worth the effort for the small sections of interesting writing.

    The narration is good, though the Southern accent got slightly cloying at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 12-16-13
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An extraordinary life"

    Zelda and Scott lived.in a society newly created - the Jazz Age. It is hard for us now to understand how fast and furious the Victorian Age dissolved and its mores were shoved aside. They knew everyone in the literary world worth knowing and we get to have a glimpse of them. In addition, this is the story of a marriage, and some interesting facts about concepts of mental health at thar time. I would like to add that I thought the narrator was outstanding. Will look for her reading other books.

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    Amazon Customer 09-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I can't bare to finish"

    After reading Paris Wife, I was intrigued about the era and the famous creatives. I had high hopes for this book, but 1/3 of the way into it I find it's just so terribly boring. The southern drawl of the reader, while perhaps accurate, is also difficult to listen to.

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    Kit G Campbell, CA United States 08-14-17
    Kit G Campbell, CA United States 08-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "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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    Johnene Thielen 08-05-17
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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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    TikiTulip 06-01-17
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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.


    Any additional comments?

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

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