Z

Z

A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Book - 2013
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A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250028655
1250028655
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Z

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amsuarez1
May 26, 2017

Such a provoking book. I couldn't stop reading, and once I finally got to the end I wanted to learn more about this destructive couple. I fell in love with Zelda and began to dislike Scott; it's such an enthralling work.

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FVReader
Nov 26, 2015

"In that alternative world, there might be no Paradise, no Gatsby, none of the hundred or so published stories that readers so love."

With these words, Zelda contemplates what might have been had she not married Fitzgerald.
True or egotistical?
Perhaps we may not have known Gatsby or Paradise but would Fitzgerald have had no stories in him at all or other equally wonderful (or better) stories in him without Zelda?
Who's to say how much a person influences another's life for either the good or the bad?

I find books of this era and this circle of artistic, talented young Americans uneven and hard to like or dislike. It must have been an exciting, fascinating time and yet it was a time of such indulgence and evading of responsibility that it also makes for a very superficial, frivolous time. I enjoy the excitement of the times; I am repelled by the indulgence and "woe is me" attitude.
All in all, the story of Zelda and Fitgerald is a sad one. These two brought out the worst in each other.

LPL_KateG Aug 31, 2015

The "Last Wednesday Book Club" at LPL read Z last month! It was a pretty cute story, and entertaining, but also difficult at times to discern how much was fact vs. fabrication. Great for readers who enjoy novels based on real lives!

dairyqueen Feb 10, 2015

In the spirit of "Loving Frank" and "The Paris Wife" Therese Fowler shines a light on Zelda instead of her more famous husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lifestyle they lead is fascinating.

Cynthia_N Jan 10, 2015

What a great read!! Although this is a work of fiction, it reads like an memoir. I picked up the book because of the Fitzgerald's mention in the 2014 All Pueblo Reads The Paris Wife and I'm so glad that I did.

lbarkema Sep 21, 2014

This novel didn't blow me away but it is always interesting to read these fictional accounts of famous wives, and this was no different.

Jane60201 Jun 16, 2014

I learned a lot about the Fitzgeralds as well as other writers, artists and intellectuals of that period. It was an easy read that I would recommend to anyone interested in that period of history.

KateHillier Jun 11, 2014

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are probably the most infamous literary couple of their time. This is perhaps the first time Zelda's story, fictional or otherwise, is told and for that fact along it is interesting. The pair get engaged and married relatively quickly and, even though Zelda wishes to be her own person, he desires and passions are side lined or outright taken away from her in the perhaps questionable name of her health. You want to throttle them both at points, especially as they drive each other away and yet keep coming back.

It reads a bit more like a historical overview with a bit of exploration but it is still well worth the read.

patcumming May 23, 2014

A fine read but more like a historical recounting of Zelda and Scott's life together than a novel.

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greeneer
Apr 29, 2014

While this book is rooted in a historical scope, it is still a work of fiction. I found that I increasingly couldn't stand Scott Fitzgerald and his insecurities toward his own success. I felt for Zelda and wanted to see her succeed in her passions. I enjoyed the overall book but found it a bit confusing when it came to timeline. I had a difficult time determining where I was in time. At one point, we would jump 2 years in the matter of a couple pages.

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