It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books I read~

This week I was able to finish reading:

Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

The Family Mansion by Anthony C. Winkler

Let It Be by Chad Gayle

Z: A Novel of Zelda FitzgeraldThe Family MansionLet It Be

Reviews Posted~

I posted reviews for:

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/05/09/while-we-were-watching-downton/

Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/05/11/z-a-novel-of-zelda-fitzgerald/

What I am Reading Right Now~

I have just started Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende-one of my FAVORITE authors!

Maya's Notebook

 

What’s Up Next?

Next on my reading list is

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and The Next time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones ( which I received from Goodreads-yeah!)

The Penelopiad (Canongate M...The Next Time You See Me

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Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

published by St. Martin’s Press

2013

Summary

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who isZelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it. (from Goodreads)

My Review

The “Roaring 20’s” is seriously one of my favorite topics to read about.  I did my senior thesis on this time period for my degree in History.  The marriage of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda has always fascinated me. This book attempts to give us an insight into one of the most misunderstood women of the era.  Zelda, while a very talented woman in her right,  lived under the shadow of her famous husband.

The author begins the story in Zelda’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.  Zelda, just 18, is a southern bell with a fiery streak.  She meets Scott while he is stationed nearby, waiting to ship out and fight in W.W.I.   Written in Zelda’s voice, we follow this volatile couple through their courtship, wedding, and the ensuing years.  Though they are viewed as the golden couple of the Jazz Age, trouble becomes apparent.  Their drinking is excessive and spending lavish.  Scott lashes out at Zelda, then pulls her closer.  Eventually, their relationship begins to deteriorate, but they cannot live without each other.

Ever since reading Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, I have been fascinated with the character of Zelda Fitzgerald.  She came across in some history as the original flapper, Scott’s muse and his downfall.  Hemingway clearly despised her, despite being the consummate ladies man himself.  Fowler’s novel attempt to give a voice to Zelda, to show that she was not who she had been made out to be.  Her portrayal of this talented, misunderstood woman, was well written and engaging.  The author clearly did an amazing amount of research into the times and lives of the “Lost Generation”.  I would definitely recommend this book.

“SO WE BEAT ON,
BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT,
BORNE BACK CEASELESSLY INTO THE PAST”

-last line of  The Great Gatsby, inscribed on the Fitzgeralds’ headstone

rating- 4 out of 5

Self-portrait, watercolor, probably painted in...

Self-portrait, watercolor, probably painted in the early 1940s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #2

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books I read~

I finished reading The Best Of Us by Sarah Pekkanen and While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax.

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This was a great book!  A fun read and a great story.

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I loved this book- definitely recommend it!

reviews posted-

The Best of Us-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/05/05/the-best-of-us/

A Dual Inheritance-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/05/02/review-a-dual-inheritance/

What I am reading now~

I just started Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.

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I love all things Jazz and 1920’s, so I am really looking forward to this story!

What’s up next~

I am starting to receive ARCs, and I am excited to start reading them!

I have Let It Be by Chad Gayle, Beyond the Storm by Joseph Pittman, and The Family Mansion by Anthony C. Winkler waiting for me!

What about you?