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A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Audiobook CD - 2013 | Unabridged
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Seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn't rich or settled, and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda's father firmly opposes the match. But when Scott finally sells his first novel, Zelda defies her parents to board a train to New York and marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Publisher: [New York?] : Macmillan Audio, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427230140
1427230145
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (720 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lamia, Jenna
Alternative Title: Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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Librarian_Deb Jun 19, 2016

I knew very little about Zelda Fitzgerald before I read this book, but by the time I finished it I had been moved by her passionate life. The reader begins to get to know her as a teenager in Montgomery, Alabama, when she is dancing ballet and defying the restrictions her parents place upon her. When she meets Scott Fitzgerald, a young army Lieutenant, she falls head over heels for the dashing young man with dreams of becoming a novelist. She eventually runs off to New York to marry him--against the advice of her father--and they begin their legendary adventures as one of the elite couples of the Jazz age. During the ups and downs of their marriage, Zelda encounters many stimulating muses--in Scott himself, and then in the many creative people they meet . She paints and writes and tends to their daughter Scottie--but her husband's drinking and controlling personality creates a lot of friction in their home. Scott is perhaps just a product of his times, but the way the author portrays his attempts to mold Zelda into a dutiful, supportive wife grates against modern feminist views, some of which are beginning to emerge at the time. Here Zelda's mental illness seems to be partly that she would not make Scott the center of her world, or give up her own literary and artistic dreams. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially if they enjoy seeing it through the eyes of a woman rather than that of a man. And the audiobook version is marvelously done, the voice of the narrator-who does a fine southern accent-truly made it seem as if Zelda was telling the story herself.

JCLHunterSt May 28, 2013

This is Zelda-Lite. I think this novel will be absolute perfection for readers who just want a quick romp through the years of Zelda's life that are most relevant to her role as the wife of a famous and very troubled writer. There's almost nothing in the book about her life before she met Scott, and only a brief Afterword covering the years from when Scott died in 1940 until her death in 1948.

What you get here is a look at the years when the Fitzgeralds were the golden couple, and Zelda was the Jazz Age Priestess. These years were followed by the long decline of their relationship, exacerbated by their peripatetic lifestyle, Scott's worsening alcoholism, and Zelda's troubles with what may or may not have been mental illness.

This novel is a delightful introduction to Zelda and an invitation to learn more about her life.

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