Spring Book Club: “Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald”


Everything this month seemed to be popping up Fitzgerald! We’re so happy to stay on theme with our next book-club select, Therese Anne Fowler’s Z—A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. We’re excited to learn more about the woman behind the man behind Gatsby, and maybe even plan a book-club field trip to see Baz Lurhmann’s new production onscreen.


From the publisher:

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.

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 is Zelda, 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?

Check back throughout May and June for updates and, as always, don’t forget to let us know if you’re reading along!

Paulie Dibner is the assistant managing editor of Martha Stewart Living. She has perfected her oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookie, but is on the hunt for a puff-pastry recipe to knock her socks off. Follow her on Instagram @matinauxsaules.

Comments (1)

  • As a die-hard Gatsby fan, I can’t believe I’ve neglected to read this book about Zelda Fitzgerald! I’m definitely going to pick up a copy and hope to catch up with your book club by June!

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