If you loved THE PARIS WIFE and Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, you will devour this deliciously evocative love story of a small-town girl with big ambitions in 1920s New York.'the stand-out novel of 2016.' J'aimee Brooker, AusRom Today
Selected by Dymocks as one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2016
It's the roaring twenties in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity. Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so for Evelyn Lockhart, who is forbidden from pursuing her passion to become one of the first female doctors. Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on her family: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.
In a desperate attempt to support herself through Columbia University's medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman - a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous . . .
Captivating, romantic and tragic, A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD follows a young woman ahead of her time amid the fragile hearts and glamour of Jazz Age New York.
'If you're mad about the roaring twenties and love all things Gatsby, this romance will have you enchanted.' Woman's Day
'I loved this book.' Rachael Johns, bestselling author of THE PATTERSON GIRLS
'Stunning . . . Will have you captivated . . . Evie's story is one you won't forget.' Liz Byrski, bestselling author
'At the novel's heart is the sparkling Evie, an endearing combination of intelligence, determination and naivety.' West Australian
'I'm calling it, Natasha Lester is our generation's Louisa May Alcott.' Tess Woods, award-winning author of LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT
'Meticulously researched ... a perfect blend of accessibility and literary prowess.' Good Reading
'Remarkable, intelligent and heartfelt . . . one of the best Australian fiction releases of the year.' J. F. Gibson
'I absolutely adored Natasha Lester's book! What a GEM!' Sara Foster, bestselling author
'A thoughtful and engaging read, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald explores the true meaning of sacrifice and the importance of maintaining one's integrity in the face of adversity.' Books+Publishing
'A daring, captivating and tragic story told with charm, wit and more than a touch of Fitzgerald glamour.' MiNDFOOD
'The stand-out novel of 2016.' AusRom Today
'Wonderful. I love this author. You will not be disappointed.' Sally Hepworth
'Exquisite!' Vanessa Carnevale, author and blogger
. . . a perfect blend of accessibility and literary prowess. - Good Reading Magazine, five-star review
Heralds the arrival of a remarkable Australian talent. - The Age on WHAT IS LEFT OVER, AFTER
A moving story about a woman gaining self-knowledge and maturity. - Herald Sun on WHAT IS LEFT OVER, AFTER
It is a subtle and sensitive work that eloquently tackles loss, love and life. - West Australian on IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU
I was captivated by this honest, beautiful story. Written with extraordinary emotional wisdom and intelligence. - Liz Byrski on IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU
A thoughtful and engaging read, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald explores the true meaning of sacrifice and the importance of maintaining one's integrity in the face of adversity. - Books+Publishing
Wow what a great read, I didn't want to put this down. It has been on my TBR pile for ages, I am so glad I finally got to it, I can't wait to read more by Natasha Lester. Life in the 1920's for women would have not been my idea of fun at all, I would have been just like Evie and longed for something more and to make a difference in the world in some way and would have also been willing to push the societal boundaries of the time. I enjoyed the many relationships that Evie had throughout the story. I was horrified by some of the descriptions of how women were treated during childbirth back then, and have to say I am definitely glad things have changed
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald in 2016, Her Mother's Secret in 2017 and the Top 10 Australian and international bestsellers The Paris Seamstress in 2018 and The French Photographer in 2019. The Age described Natasha as 'a remarkable Australian talent' and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth. For all the latest news from Natasha, visit www.natashalester.com.au, follow her on Twitter @Natasha_Lester, or Instagram (natashalesterauthor), or join the readers who have become Natasha's friend on Facebook.