Overall Rating: loved it!
Theresa Anne Folwer perfectly describes her book when saying “Popular culture (Midnight in Paris, for one example) has made Zelda into a caricature, reduced her to being only an edgy flapper, or only an unstable, jealous spouse, or only a pathetic, “insane” drain of her husband’s creativity and life. She was edgy–sometimes. She was jealous–sometimes. She was unstable–sometimes. But in the same way that none of us can be or should be defined by one aspect of our lives, Zelda cannot be defined so simply either.”
Fowler truly brought Zelda to life in this novel. She humanizes her. Zelda’s supposed faults become actions we relate to, responses we could see in ourselves and our friends. Reading Z feels like a rare opportunity to peer through time and boundaries for an inside look at all the secrets behind the marvelous, fast paced and dramatic life of one of the 1920’s most scandalous couples and I loved every last second of it.
So, do I recommend it?: Yes! If you’re new to the genre or are not sure if it’s a genre you’d like, this book is a great place to start. If you’re already a lover of historical fiction, I have no doubt that you will adore this sbook as much as I did.