The Best Accessory?
Obviously, a book.
Whether it’s a novel, nonfiction narrative or an anthology, these are my favorite selections.
The first selection is Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler. It was published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press. (And yes, that’s me holding the book).
The gorgeous, witty Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Scott Fitzgerald by chance at the Montgomery Country Club in 1918 Alabama, after a recital by her dance troupe. She soon finds that she can’t live without him, and he without her. They marry in 1920 and move to the City so F. Scott can continue writing after the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise. The newest It couple of the Lost Generation continues their reckless, glamorous lifestyle until it begins to catch up with them. Influenced by Ernest Hemingway and others, Scott begins drinking excessively. Beautiful, broken Zelda is misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and spends the last years of her life in asylums all over the East Coast.
And you know this story, most likely from English class in high school, but what you (probably) don’t know is that Scott and Zelda began to suspect that all was not well in their paradise from the get-go.
That they weren’t compatible.
That Zelda almost married someone else.
That Zelda was an artist, novelist and paper-crafter in her own life.
This magnificent novel explores Zelda’s side of the story, and may just steal you away from Team F. Scott.
If you love the 1920’s, the Lost Generation, dance, art, writing or culture in general, this book is for you.