What I’m Reading Wednesday

25 Sep

z-3_4_r536_c534More than 70 years after his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work is still very much alive. “The Great Gatsby” has been introduced to a whole new generation with the latest film, leading people to pick up a novel that was written in 1925.

But who was the woman behind the author? Who was Fitzgerald’s muse — and some think — demise? Who was Zelda?

Author Therese Anne Fowler brings to life Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, with her novel “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” in hopes to “bring a maligned, talented, troubled woman the justice she deserves.”

Fowler uses research and her imagination to piece together the tragic love story of Zelda and Scott, that started with a meeting in 1918. Then Zelda was a beautiful Southern belle and Scott a young Army lieutenant.

The story is told through the troubled life of the Jazz Age icon, from her young love for Scott to her hatred of Ernest Hemingway. The novel offers a personal and interesting glimpse into what might have been.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary works are still well known today, but Zelda too was a writer in her own right, and often had to fight for the credit and respect always awarded to her husband.

If you know the Fitzgerald saga, you know how this novel ends — a tragic finale to their love and life.

To read more about this fascinating novel or to learn more about the author, visit Fower’s website.

“I don’t want to live — I want to love first, and live incidentally.” — Zelda Fitzgerald

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3 Responses to “What I’m Reading Wednesday”

  1. Claire 'Word by Word' October 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    A wonderful read, I am now reading A Moveable Feast and find Hemingway’s comments about Zelda very unfair and most likely a kind of jealousy, he clearly misunderstood women, though so too perhaps did F.Scott Fitzgerald, as this account left me wondering how Zelda would have fared had she been better able to pursue her dance, writing and art.

    • somerbhanson October 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      They were such an interesting and intriguing triangle. I, too, wonder how Zelda would have turned out had she had the freedom to pursue her loves. It’s such a tragic story. Because I can’t get enough of the Fitzgeralds, I’m now reading “Call Me Zelda” by Erika Robuck. I will have to also read “A Moveable Feast!” Thank you for your comment!

      • Claire 'Word by Word' October 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

        I have half finished Tender is the Night, it’s so hard to read the prose of that time, it seems so clunky and might be due to Fitzgerald’s lack of coherent and continuous work, but it is interesting to read the fiction they were writing alongside the stories of their lives.

        I also have Diana Souhami’s Gertrude and Alice which gives a very different account of their life together from the inside. Gertrude Stein’s writing was incredibly experimental and she attracted such an amazing coteries of artists, writers even if she did relegate the wives to the back room.

        I look forward to reading about how you find Call Me Zelda. Someone asked me if I had read Alabama Song which is also a novel written from the point of view of Zelda. It won the biggest literary prize here in France in 2007. Intriguing. They love her everywhere.

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