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Book Club Party: Z—A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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This past Friday, book club met (sans our fearless leader Paulie who’s enjoying some well-deserved time off in Paris) to discuss the June Gatsby-inspired read: Z—A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and announce our giveaway winner . . .

Congratulations to Lele Smith! We can’t wait to hear what you think of the book. Don’t read too many details below—we don’t want to spoil things for you!

An all-out bash a la F. Scott Fitzgerald wouldn’t exactly be office appropriate, so instead, we chatted over lunch and a few sweet treats. Here’s a recap of our discussion:

  • Some of us were distracted by the fictionalization of the prominent literary and historical figures in the book. Fowler notes her extensive research in the postscript. Still, it was difficult not to stop and wonder every few pages how much was fact and how much was fiction.
  • We compared Fowler’s depiction of women in the roaring 20s to the women in our last pick Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything, which takes place in the 50s. It seemed like Zelda Fitzgerald was just ahead of her time. Thirty years later, Zelda’s aspirations to be a writer, dancer, and painter might have been encouraged, instead of stifled.
  • The one thing we all agreed on: Scott and Zelda needed each other.

Have you read it yet? If you have, let us know what you thought in the comments. And if you decide you’d like to have a party worthy of the Fitzgeralds, here are some ideas from our website:

Make this flapper fringe dress from one you already have in your closet.

Let the kids in on the fun with this flapper outfit made from pantry items.

10 elegant hors d’oeuvres.

18 champagne and sparkling wine cocktails.

Plus, 15 more tips for a Gatsby-inspired party from marthastewart.com.

Kristen Flanagan is an associate editor at Martha Stewart Living. When she’s not spoiling her puppy, Millie, she’s finding ways to decorate her tiny one-bedroom apartment. Follow her on Pinterest @kflan85.

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