27 January 2015

Today's Read & Giveaway: West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan

West of Sunset by Steward O'NanWhat happens when you suddenly find yourself on the back side of fame? From New York to Paris to Hollywood, F. Scott Fitzgerald had led the high life of the Jazz Age. By 1937, though, his star had burned out, and he found himself almost penniless, with a daughter to support and a wife in an asylum.

That spring he holed up in the Smokies, in a tired resort hotel by the asylum so he could be close to her. A bout of pneumonia over Christmas had provoked a flare-up of his TB, and he was still recovering. The mountain air was supposed to help. Days he wrote in his bathrobe drinking Coca-Cola to keep himself going, holding off on the gin till nightfall—a small point of pride—sipping on the dark verandah as couples strolled among the fireflies rising from the golf course.
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan (Penguin USA / Viking, 2015, p. 1)

Mini-Quick Facts
  • Setting: 1930s, Appalachians, Hollywood
  • Circumstances & major topic: Exploring the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life, including flashbacks to earlier times.
  • Characters: Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, and their daughter, Scottie; various Hollywood stars (such as Humphrey Bogart); people from the publishing world (like Dorothy Parker)
  • Recommendations: I haven't read past the first paragraph, but Fitzgerald and the time period interest me. Plus I've enjoyed other O'Nan novels
The Giveaway

Thanks to the publishers, I'm able to offer one of my readers with a U.S. mailing address a copy of Stewart O'Nan's West of Sunset. All you have to do to be entered to win is to fill out the form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on February 6. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll erase all personal data from my computer. Good luck!


Kim@Time2Read 1/27/15, 7:38 AM  

I've seen this one around and love the cover. I didn't know the subject was F. Scott Fitzgerald though. Now I have to be sure to pick this one up!
Today I'm featuring A Sister To Honor.

holdenj 1/27/15, 8:03 AM  

I've been seeing good things about this novel. I've only read a couple of O'Nan's other books, so I'm curious how this will play out. Thanks!

rhapsodyinbooks 1/27/15, 8:09 AM  

Interesting that there is so much fascination with him.

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms 1/27/15, 8:39 AM  

Sounds really interesting! I hope you'll enjoy it, Beth, after the first paragraph, too ;)

Thanks for stopping by earlier, have a terrific Tuesday.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

JoAnn 1/27/15, 8:49 AM  

I didn't like this as much as O'Nan's previous novels, but it is improving as I mull it over.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 1/27/15, 9:05 AM  

This one is on my wish list because I've always been fascinated by the Fitzgeralds.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/01/first-chapter-first-paragraph-91.html

Unknown 1/27/15, 9:19 AM  

Now this one sounds interesting. I like the writing already!

My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/01/27/teaser-tuesdays-99-empty-cup-2/

grammajudyb 1/27/15, 9:54 AM  

I want to read all the recent books about the Fitzgeralds. I am not even sure why, but I am intrigued.

sherry fundin 1/27/15, 10:45 AM  

Thanks so much for the giveaway. Sounds like a great book to add to my collection. ^_^
sherry @ fundinmental My TT ~ The Lie by Ashley Fontainne

Laurel-Rain Snow 1/27/15, 10:50 AM  

I do love this time period and reading about authors like Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

I recently read Call Me Zelda, so this one looks like a book I should grab. Thanks!

Beth Hoffman 1/27/15, 11:00 AM  

I'm fond of O'Nan's work. Thanks for the chance to win!

Laura 1/27/15, 11:01 AM  

The book sounds good. That's an interesting period and an interesting person. My Teaser Tuesday The Supernatural Enhancements

Literary Feline 1/27/15, 11:08 AM  

This sounds like an interesting book. I have always wanted to read something by Stewart O'Nan. I have a couple of his books in my TBR collection.

Nise' 1/27/15, 11:55 AM  

The tease has me wanting to read more. Thanks for the giveaway.

Heather 1/27/15, 1:18 PM  

Enjoy the rest of the book, Beth! Mine: A Passage to India

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 1/27/15, 2:25 PM  

Yes, I love the intro, and will try to get to this one soon. I hear it's very different from his previous books.

Zed 1/27/15, 2:27 PM  

Interesting teaser and as it's based on Fitzgerald it makes it all the more intriguing.

Here's a link to my TT:


Anonymous,  1/27/15, 3:36 PM  

This sounds really good.

Sarah's Book Shelves 1/27/15, 3:39 PM  

I was so hopeful about this one....given my fascination with the Fitzgeralds, but was disappointed. The writing was good, but the story was just kind of drab. I'd be open to trying a different O'Nan book, as I've heard good things and it wasn't the writing that irked me.

Monica's Bookish Life 1/27/15, 9:41 PM  

This one looks good. I am intrigued by F. Scott and Zelda, so I'd keep reading!

Margot 1/28/15, 1:40 AM  

The opening paragraph certainly holds promise. The whole idea of Fitzgerald after his fame has wained. I'm interested is knowing more.

Unknown 1/28/15, 2:14 AM  

I've read mixed reviews, but I'm still intrigued. I'm more in love with Zelda then F Scott but I'd love to read this.

Daryl 1/28/15, 11:00 AM  

intriguing .. thanks!

Meg @ write meg! 1/29/15, 10:51 AM  

Like so many, I've long been fascinated by Fitzgerald -- would love to read this one!

kayerj 1/29/15, 1:33 PM  

this book seems to be quite popular right now. I hope you enjoy it. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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