Hey guys I have had a crazy busy weekend! I haven’t been around the online world much since last week, but thats because sometimes you just need a break and to enjoy some friend/family time. I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. With it being Sunday it means it is time for another Standalone Sunday post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Megan @ bookslayerReads. The more I participate in this post, the more I realize that I don’t tend to read a lot of standalone books and come each new Sunday it is getting harder for me to think up books to recommend!
This week I will be feautring…
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.
I read this book about a year ago. I was recommended this one in conjunction with The Paris Wife from my best friend. Where I personally HATED The Paris Wife. Z I enjoyed quite a bit. I absolutely love everything about the Jazz Age and I think this book showcased it well. It also was an interesting story about the wife of Fitzgerald, even though it is a work of fiction I feel like I gained insight to some of the things that happened in Zelda’s life as well as the time in which this takes place. I think that for anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction this book is a winner!
Are you a fan of Historical Fiction? Have you read this book or one like it? Have recommendations? Leave them below!
And as always drop the link to your Standalone Sunday post below and I will check it out!
Until next time loves…