I’ll confess, I might have picked up the book originally because I saw that Amazon is doing a series based on this book, but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought.
It is a fictional work, but the author, Therese Anne Fowler, did a multitude of research into the lives of both Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Part of me wished that there was more time in the novel dedicated to Zelda before her meeting F. Scott, but I also understand that the changes she underwent as a person did not occur until after her marriage to him.
I enjoyed the voice of Fowler’s Zelda. It felt completely authentic for the 1920’s, and yet it was apparent that Fowler wanted to make Zelda seem like a woman slightly before her time.
I admit, I don’t know much about the lives of the Fitzgerald’s, but Fowler did a great job of bringing into the family circle as Zelda and F. Scott begin their tragic descent into chaos.
I think perhaps one of my favorite parts of the novel was how it was apparent that their lives were influencing Scott’s work. Though it seems a bit unfair for Fitzgerald to do so, I understand that instinct to use one’s own life as a jumping off point for writing.
I haven’t had the chance to watch the television rendition of this book, but I highly suggest the book on its own, or as a precursor to the series.