‘A brilliant example of what biographical fiction can be. Read it, read it, read it.’

Daily Mail

Therese Anne Fowler Z A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald GatsbyA novel of the woman dubbed ‘The First Flapper’   – Zelda Sayre 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.

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.

Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and The Lost Generation’s vivid world abroad, Z vividly brings Zelda and Scott’s romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life.

‘Sometimes’, said Scott, ‘I don’t know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters from one of my own novels.’

Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated and misjudged. Filled with larger-than-life characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy and Gertrude Stein, in Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity while fighting her own demons.


Top 10 New York Times bestseller

‘Finely researched, entertaining and very plausible.’ Vogue UK

‘A thrilling read.’

‘Rehabilitating Zelda, the original It Girl’ Sunday Telegraph 

‘A victim of a persistent, damning mischaracterisation’ Daily Mail

‘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

‘Narrated by Fowler’s imagined voice of Zelda Fitzgerald, this is both a balanced view of events and a touching and ultimately tragic love story of Zelda and her husband, F Scott Fitzgerald. Like much of their life, reality played like an F Scott Fitzgerald novel – full of glamour, alcohol and bad behaviour. An engrossing read of celebrity life.’ Bookbag *****

‘In her new novel Z, Fowler draws a compellingly complete portrait of that other Paris (and New York and St. Paul and Long Island) wife: mother, painter, writer, flapper, feminist Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.’ USA Today

‘A gorgeously rendered piece of literary entertainment, not a biography but rather a love story set in the Jazz Age.’ New York Daily News

Zips along addictively and exposes the dark side of artistic ambition.’ EW

‘Zelda’s moment’ The Wall Street Journal 

‘Fowler shows the Fitzgeralds, together, conjuring the dictum “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” … Their love affair in Z is one we revisit with fascination, awe and regret—heroic for what it gave us, utterly tragic for what it took from them both.’  The San FranciscoChronicle

‘Engaging … Fowler’s sympathy for Zelda is passionate.’ The Boston Globe

‘[A] richly imagined novel … [Zelda’s] touching story is also fascinating and funny, it animates an entire era.’ People

‘The novel captures the playful, deeply loving, sexy relationship between the young Fitzgeralds’ Huffington Post

‘You’ll feel as if you are at a party in Paris with Zelda … Z is definitely going to be a highlight in historical fiction in 2013. Beautifully written and truly moving, Fowler has brought Zelda back to life.’ The Examiner

‘What Fowler so masterfully achieves in Z is a thoughtful portrait of a woman who might not have been as ‘crazy’ as we all had been led to believe, but one who was constantly disregarded by a jealous and narcissistic husband.’ Book Reporter

Z is a fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life – giving voice to the determined, intelligent and vibrant woman who struggled to find her identity in the shadow of her husband, whose demons challenged them both with heartbreaking consequences. An unforgettable read’ Australian Woman’s Weekly

‘Z is both an acute observation of the Jazz Age and its legacy, and a powerful portrait of a mind’s torture as it becomes fatally at odds with its environment.’ Sydney Morning Herald 

Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD Zelda Gatsby cover rainbow

Zelda in quotes

‘I hope it’s beautiful and a fool – a beautiful little fool ‘ – on giving birth to Scotte, a line that would find its way into The Great Gatsby

‘Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.’

‘I don’t want to live, I want to love first and live incidentally.’

‘She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.’

About Therese Anne Fowler:

Therese Fowler Z: A novel of Zelda FitzgeraldTherese Anne Fowler was born in Illinois and is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a BA in Sociology and an MFA in Creative Writing. She taught undergraduate fiction writing and was editorial assistant for the literary magazine Obsidian III before leaving to write fiction full-time.



Memorable Dates:

The Great Gatsby published April 10, 1925

Zelda Fitzgerald: 24 July 1900 – 10 March 1948

Save Me The Waltz published in October 7, 1932

F Scott Fitzgerald: 24 September 1896 – 21 December 1940

Frances Scott Fitzgerald (Scottie) October 26 1921 – June 18 1986

2 responses to “Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD – Therese Anne Fowler”

  1. Angie says:

    I’m so looking forward to this publication, it’s such a brilliant book. Completely transports you into their fascinatingly turbulent world.

  2. Christie McArthur says:

    Thank you so much for writing such an insightful and compassionate book. Your voice was mellifluous! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Zelda.

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