Early Praise for Z

Fowler’s Zelda is all we would expect and more, for she’s daring and unconventional yet profoundly and paradoxically rooted in Southern gentility….A lovely, sad and compulsively readable book.” ~Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

It’s a tricky business to write a novel that is strongly biographical when it is about a person who, now deceased, was once much in the public eye. Therese Fowler has pulled it off–and then some. She has brought Zelda Sayre to her readers in living color. Fowler’s style is as flawless as Zelda’s always was; they are the perfect match.

Therese Anne Fowler has written a heartfelt novel about a woman out of her time, a woman whose talents were unsung, and she has brought a new understanding to a story we thought we knew. ~Valerie Ryan, for Shelf Awareness

Though there are many biographies of the Fitzgeralds, Fowler’s well researched fictional account provides a tender, intimate exploration of a complicated and captivating woman. ~Library Journal (featured review)

With lyrical prose, Fowler’s beautifully portrays the frenzied lives of, and complicated relationship between, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald…This is a novel that will open readers’ minds to the life of an often misunderstood woman—one not easily forgotten. ~RT Book Reviews

Jazz Age legends F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald come into focus in Fowler’s rich debut…. Fowler’s is a close study of their famously tumultuous relationship, sparing no detail by following the Fitzgeralds through the less glamorous parts of their lives and the more obscure moments of history, including Zelda’s obsession with ballet and the strained relationship she had with their daughter, Scottie. Most consistently, Zelda is worried about money, her husband’s alcoholism and lack of productivity, and her own desire for recognition. Although obviously well researched, Zelda, who splashed in the Union Square fountain and sat atop taxi cabs, doesn’t have, in Fowler’s hands, the edge that history suggests. Fowler portrays a softer, more anxious Zelda, but loveable nonetheless, whose world is one of textured sensuality. ~Publishers Weekly

Getting the fact-based fiction tone right is always a challenge, and this is exacerbated when the author gives a writer the narrative voice, and Zelda was a talented writer in her own right as well as a dancer, artist and general social phenomenon. However Fowler pulls it off with aplomb in what is a sensitive and engrossing story of Zelda – ‘the First Flapper’.

Like much of their life, reality played like an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel–full of glamour, alcohol, and bad behaviour. This is an engrossing read of celebrity life. In some ways the story is specific to the between the war years and that fascinating creative group of writers and artists. In particular the opportunities for women beyond the role of home-maker drew Zelda and frustrated Scott. In other ways, perhaps things haven’t changed that much as bright starts shine and burn out. Amy Winehouse anyone? ~Bookbag Reviews (UK) (*****)

“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, Fowler shines a light on Zelda, providing the voice she struggled to have heard in her lifetime.” ~Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of Water For Elephants

Fowler channels the lightning in a bottle that is Zelda Fitzgerald in a novel that is as heartbreaking as it is mesmerizing. About love, desire, betrayal, and one extraordinary woman struggling to shine in the world–even as the one she loves best is drawing the shades. Just magnificent.” ~Caroline Leavitt NYT bestselling author of Pictures of You

“Fowler’s richly imagined portrait of the Jazz Age’s literary royalty is a wonderfully engaging read. With crisp dialogue and vivid descriptions, Z delivers both a compelling love story and a poignant tale of a woman coming into her own as an artist.” ~Heidi Durrow NYT Bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Fowler won a Library Journal star for her 2008 debutSouvenir, finding herself compared to Jodi Picoult. Here she does something entirely different, re-imagining the tumultuous life of Zelda Fitzgerald. A big burst of publisher enthusiasm for this book, so turn off that umpteenth screening of Midnight in Paris and get serious!” ~Barbara Hoffert in Library Journal fiction previews

Z by Therese Anne Fowler ended just as wonderfully as it began. Those who loved The Paris Wife will enjoy seeing how Hadley and Hemingway are portrayed here. Another side of the story. What dashing characters these authors were.” ~Carol Fitzgerald on Bookreporter.com


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