02 April 2013

Today's Read and Giveaway: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

What if you were a fun-loving but sheltered Southern girl on the brink of your eighteenth birthday. You've just met a handsome Yankee who holds the promise of excitement, big cities, parties, and dancing. What would happen if you married that man and were flung into instant worldwide fame, totally unprepared to face the realities of grownup life? Zelda Sayre had faith in F. Scott Fitzgerald, but did he have faith in her?

If I could fit myself into this mail slot, here, I'd follow my letter all the way to Hollywood, all the way to Scott, right up to the door of our next future. We have always had a next one, after all, and there's no good reason we shouldn't start this one now. If only people could travel as easily as words. Wouldn't that be something? If only we could be so easily revised.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin's Press, 2013, pp 1–2)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: 1920s; Montgomery, Alabama; New York; Paris
  • Circumstances: Zelda marries Scott; a life of glamor, parties, and love disintegrates into drunkenness, loneliness, and depression
  • Characters: Zelda Sayre, popular, pretty, fun-loving; F. Scott Fitzgerald, hottest new author; Ernest Hemingway; Gertrude Stein; other expats, writers, musicians, artists
  • Genre: historical fiction; giving voice to an often misunderstood woman
  • Themes: marriage; alcoholism; women's independence; jealousy
  • Evaluation: fascinating; well-researched; perfect book club pick; must read
  • Extra: my positive review of the unabridged audiobook read by Jenna Lamia will be published by AudioFile magazine
The Giveaway

Thanks to St. Martin's Press I have a truly fabulous giveaway for two of my readers! Each of the winners will receive a copy of Therese Fowler's Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and an 11 × 14-inch frame-worthy poster that combines the cover art with text from the novel and recognizable icons from some of the cities the Fitzgeralds called home. (shown at right; click the image to enlarge it). Winners must have a U.S. or Canada mailing address. To enter for a chance to win, just fill out the form. I'll pick the winners, using a random number generator, on April 12. Once the winners are confirmed, I'll delete all personal information.

EDIT: if the form does not show up in your browser, just leave your email address in the comments and I'll make sure you are entered for a chance to win.

Buy Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald at an indie or at a bookstore near you. (Link leads to an affiliate program.)
ISBN-13: 9781250028655

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Karen and Gerard 4/2/13, 5:39 AM  

It would be fun to travel so easily!

Here's ours: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2013/04/tuesday-teasers-two-today.html.

Laurel-Rain Snow 4/2/13, 6:53 AM  

I love the story of Scott and Zelda, and I've been wanting to read this one! I love Therese Fowler, too.


Yvonne 4/2/13, 7:03 AM  

I love this teaser. It sounds like a good book.

Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews 4/2/13, 7:50 AM  

'If only we could be so easily revised.' A passage about the power and beauty of words that is in itself beautiful...

Harvee 4/2/13, 8:08 AM  

A marvelous book I'd love to read.


JoAnn 4/2/13, 9:04 AM  

My daughter bought this last week - can't wait to read it!

Daryl 4/2/13, 9:12 AM  

sounds like a good read

Anonymous,  4/2/13, 9:13 AM  

I'm so excited for this book, thanks for hosting.

bermudaonion 4/2/13, 9:24 AM  

I tried to wait so I wouldn't be the first to enter. I need to win this! lol Thanks for the giveaway!

grammajudyb 4/2/13, 9:25 AM  

I've been seeing this one several blogs and have wanted to read it. My youngest granddaughter is turning 20 and is an aspiring writer, wouldn't she love the poster for her first room away from home.

Anonymous,  4/2/13, 9:27 AM  

I've been stalking the internet hoping to win a copy of this book. It sounds positively smashing! I hope I win! Cheers!

The Relentless Reader 4/2/13, 10:19 AM  

I've been so curious about this book! I'll definitely be entering the giveaway, thanks :)

Paulita 4/2/13, 10:26 AM  

I really like the voice of this one. I'd keep reading. Here's Mine

Sandra Nachlinger 4/2/13, 11:27 AM  

"If only we could be so easily revised." I love those words. Good writing.
My Teaser is from THE FORTUNE QUILT.

Zibilee 4/2/13, 11:46 AM  

This is a book that I have been hearing great things about, and I have always been curious about Zelda. Thanks for sharing the quote and the giveaway with us today!

Sim Carter 4/2/13, 12:15 PM  

I'm currently wrapped up in the upcoming Gatsby movie; this would make a great addition to any Gatsby lover's collection. Such an intriguing couple.

Unknown 4/2/13, 12:52 PM  

I just had to enter!! It's would be lovely in the library I hope to have when all my kids leave. Ha ha

Alice Audrey 4/2/13, 1:09 PM  

I'm not sure I'd want to be easily revised. I suspect the revision would never end. Then, would I still be me?

Nise' 4/2/13, 2:31 PM  

Look forward to your review as well as reading the book.

Anonymous,  4/2/13, 4:58 PM  

♥ Yes. I've been itching to get my hands on a copy of this book since I first heard of it!

Petra 4/2/13, 6:27 PM  

This is one of the ten books of 2013 that I really want to read! :)

Margot 4/2/13, 7:41 PM  

I like that opening paragraph. It seems to have the flavor of Zelda. I'm looking forward to reading your review and listening to the book.

Jennifer 4/2/13, 8:31 PM  

Thank you for hosting an awesome give away. I just got through teaching Gatsby and Zelda definitely is a figure in his life that intrigues me. I love the depiction of her in Midnight in Paris. This book sounds like an amazing outlet for her voice. I'll be sure to pick it up sometime soon.

Unknown 4/3/13, 2:12 AM  

oh wow, that is such a beautiful passage. I love the interesting facts, as well.
Thank you for sharing!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 4/3/13, 9:20 AM  

Another title to add to my reading list!

Tara @ Tales of a Book Addict 4/3/13, 10:05 AM  

I keep seeing this book everywhere, it looks SO good!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 4/3/13, 1:51 PM  

In grad school one of my favorite courses was a Fitzgerald and Hemingway seminar. I'm much more a fan of the former rather than the latter but I couldn't help feel sorry for all of the women in their lives. I've been especially curious about Zelda after reading Tender is the Night. I look forward to eventually reading this one. Especially given the buzz.

Lisa 4/4/13, 8:43 AM  

Looks so good! Can't wait to read!

Kailana 4/10/13, 10:37 AM  

Definitely getting this as my audiobook next month. :)

Julie P. 4/17/13, 8:59 PM  

I swear I've been saying this one is next up for the past five books or so, but I am dying to read it!

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