A novel of the woman dubbed 'The First Flapper' - Zelda Fitzgerald, wife and muse to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Z is the story of the golden couple who had it all, but who weren't destined for a happy ending.
'Sometimes', said Scott, 'I don't know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters from one of my own novels.'
Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, before he'd even begun to imagine THE GREAT GATSBY or Benjamin Button, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood and the French Riviera made them legends, even in their own time. Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated and misunderstood. Z is the irresistibly rich, romantic and tumultuous story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, set in seductive settings and featuring larger-than-life characters including Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy and Gertrude Stein.
From Manhattan to the French Riviera, Paris, Baltimore, Hollywood and points in between, through his alcohol addition and her schizophrenia diagnosis, Z traces the evolution of this iconic woman as she fights for her own potential while trying to ensure that Scott achieves his.
If ever a couple ... became an era, it was F Scott Fitzgerald and his glamorous "flapper" wife, Zelda. They were the Jazz Age. - The Independent
An utterly engrossing portrayal of Zelda Fitzgerald and the legendary circles in which she moved. In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, Therese Anne Fowler shines a light on Zelda instead of her more famous husband, providing both justice and the voice she struggled to have heard in her lifetime. - Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants
Finely researched, entertaining and very plausible. - Vogue UK
A brilliant example of what biographical fiction can be. Read it, read it, read it. - The Daily Mail
An often superb novel. - Independent on Sunday
Fowler articulates the story of Zelda in the first person, encapsulating her struggle exquisitely. She amplifies Zelda's whisper into a lion's roar. Our girl finally gets the justice, autonomy, and recognition she so desperately craved in her lifetime. The era is projected in full technicolour and makes for utterly compulsive reading. - Stylist
A treat. - Sunday Times Style
Fowler's convincing interpretation of Zelda Fitzgerald and her marriage to the darling of the Jazz Era, F Scott Fitzgerald, is a hypnotic read. - Herald Scotland