Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald book review

April 19, 2016

Z: A Novel of Zelda FitzgeraldZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fictionalized account of the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, covering her life from the night she meets F. Scott Fitzgerald until she leaves him, with a bit of end-story to tie up loose ends.

Their relationship is … difficult … compounded by how absurdly women were treated at the time.

It’s beautifully written and has a quick pace that keeps you turning the page even though you keep muttering, “Zelda, don’t. No, Zelda. Oh Zelda. Zel-da.” The author acknowledges in the endnotes that in the Fitzgerald fandom, there are definitive Team Zelda and Team Scott factions. I think it’s safe to say our author is Team Zelda.

Upon finishing this book, I realized that I have a searing hate toward F. Scott Fitzgerald and I’m glad he’s dead.

(I also hated The Great Gatsby. So eat that, Scott. Jerk.)

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  • Debra beach April 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Best review ever