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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The inspiration behind the Amazon Original show Z THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING...
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Therese Anne Fowler
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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The inspiration behind the Amazon Original show Z THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING starring Christina Ricci as Zelda

Therese Anne Fowler



Fiction & Literature;
Historical fiction


383 pages

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ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2013 ----- Zelda Sayre is a Montgomery debutante, a beautiful daredevil of a girl, indulged and talented. She catches the eye of a young man stationed nearby, waiting to be called up to do his bit in the European war. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is everything her family does not want for her – Catholic, poor (and worst of all) Yankee, with no prospects and the burning belief he is a writer. Disregarding everything sensible, she falls in love, accepts his proposal and moves to New York. There they become the feted Fitzgeralds, always good for a good time, leading a pack of young Jazz Agers in search of more, more, more. Scott becomes the author of the moment and the pressure to always come up with the next best selling story (along with increasing dependence on alcohol) starts to tear holes in their charmed existence. Moving to France, like many others, only causes more problems, particularly as Scott takes a protégé, by name Ernest Hemingway… Told from Zelda’s point-of-view, this is a marvelously colourful novel, evocative of time and place; and while it is a novelisation of true people and events, it reads with a veracity and immediacy that will have you believing in the character. If you liked The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, you will certainly enjoy this! Lindy

By:   Therese Anne Fowler
Imprint:   TWO ROADS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   259g
ISBN:   9781444761436
ISBN 10:   1444761439
Pages:   383
Publication Date:   October 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Therese has a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing. Her work has won honours from the Faulkner Society and Thomas Wolfe Fiction prize competitions. She was an editorial assistant and taught undergraduate fiction writing before leaving academia to write full-time. An Illinois native , she has two grown sons and two nearly grown stepsons, and currently lives in North Carolina with her husband.

An often superb novel. Independent on Sunday Finely researched, entertaining and very plausible. Vogue UK A brilliant example of what biographical fiction can be. Read it, read it, read it. Daily Mail 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, author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS If ever a couple ... became an era, it was F Scott Fitzgerald and his glamorous flapper wife, Zelda. They were the Jazz Age. Independent A novel that is as hearbreaking as it is mesmerizing. Just magnificent. Caroline Leavitt, author of PICTURES OF YOU Fowler renders rich period detail in this portrayal of a fascinating woman both blessed - and cursed - by fame. Booklist Fowler's richly imagined portrait of the Jazz Age's literary royalty is a wonderfully engaging read. With crisp dialogue and vivid descriptions, Z delivers both a compelling love story and a poignant tale of a woman coming into her own as an artist. Heidi W. Durrow, author of THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY From her youth as the belle of Montgomery to the heady early days of marriage to the inevitable breakdowns, Fowler chronicles Zelda's incredible life with sympathy and compassion. Bookpage Fowler portrays a softer, more anxious Zelda, but loveable nonetheless, whose world is one of textured sensuality. Publishers Weekly What Fowler so masterfully achieves in Z is a thoughtful portrait of a woman who might not have been as 'crazy' as we all had been led to believe, but one who was constantly disregarded by a jealous and narcissistic husband. Book Reporter Though there are many biographies of the Fitzgeralds, Fowler's well-researched fictional account provides a tender, intimate exploration of a complicated and captivating woman ... Fowler's detailed prose will certainly spark fresh interest in the most famous couple of the Roaring Twenties. Library Journal Fowler's Zelda is all we would expect and more... Fowler has given us a lovely, sad and compulsively readable book. Kirkus (starred review) Narrated by Fowler's imagined voice of Zelda Fitzgerald, this is the touching and ultimately tragic love story of Zelda and her husband, F Scott Fitzgerald. Like much of their life, reality played like an F Scott Fitzgerald novel - full of glamour, alcohol and bad behaviour. This is an engrossing read of celebrity life. In some ways the story is specific to the between the war years and that fascinating creative group of writers and artists. In particular the opportunities for women beyond the role of home-maker drew Zelda and frustrated Scott. In other ways, perhaps things haven't changed that much as bright starts shine and burn out. Amy Winehouse anyone? Bookbag Thoughtful and emotionally charged, Z is a mesmerising piece of fiction that brings to life an era and the set of people who defined it. Faithfully researched, written with brio and style, it is a must-read for Fitzgerald obsessives but should also captivate readers coming new to the legend. New Zealand Herald Sassy, witty and compulsively readable, Z is destined to put Fowler on the literary map. Weekend Herald (NZ) Z is a fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald's life - giving voice to the determined, intelligent and vibrant woman who struggled to find her identity in the shadow of her husband, whose demons challenged them both with heartbreaking consequences. An unforgettable read. Australian Woman's Weekly Captures the playful, deeply loving, sexy relationship between the young Fitzgeralds. Huffington Post A gorgeously rendered piece of literary entertainment, not a biography but rather a love story set in the Jazz Age. New York Daily News A must-read. Marie Claire Zips along addictively and exposes the dark side of artistic ambition. Entertainment Weekly A thrilling read. A treat. Sunday Times Style In her new novel Z, Fowler draws a compellingly complete portrait of that other Paris (and New York and St. Paul and Long Island) wife: mother, painter, writer, flapper, feminist Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. USA Today Fowler articulates the story of Zelda in the first person, encapsulating her struggle exquisitely. She amplifies Zelda's whisper into a lion's roar. Our girl finally gets the justice, autonomy, and recognition she so desperately craved in her lifetime. The era is projected in full technicolour and makes for utterly compulsive reading. Stylist

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