11 months ago
February 26, 2013
By: Therese Anne Fowler
A look at the relationship between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Zelda's family was a very prominent one in Montgomery, Alabama. Her ancestors even had a street named after them. Yet, at 17, the town could barely hold her. One night, at her ballet dance recital, she would see a soldier in the front row. Scott Francis Fitzgerald and Zelda would never be the same again.
Married in a ceremony that had only 3 witnesses, the couple set off on the roller coaster ride of marriage and success. For the rest of his life, Scott would see his money spent on booze and one party after another. Chasing his dream of being successful by the time he was 30 would prove to be more dangerous than ambitious.
Z is an intriguing look into the life of one of America's most treasured authors. The man who brought us The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise pulled much his fictional work from personal experience- with Zelda always there by his side. Within it's pages, you see the good and bad side to both this couple. You see how demons can drive you to the brink of insanity and the depths of yours darkest fears.
Therese Anne Fowler does a great job of telling this story. She paints a picture through thorough research. She shows the good and bad within both Zelda and F. Scott. The end result is a story that is engrossing, tragic, intriguing, moving, and a captivating.