Book Review: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Reviewed by Daniel Luquette

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is a novel by Therese Anne Fowler that tells the story of the relationship between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. As this is a well-documented relationship, it was important for Fowler to put her own spin on it to prove why it should be remembered and stand on its own.

Zelda Fitzgerald is a well-known historical figure, and her tumultuous relationship with F. Scott is even more notorious. The way that Fowler attempts to make the telling of their story unique to her is by focusing on the friendship between F. Scott and Ernest Hemingway. In this novel, figures such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald are explored in ways that go beyond the simple recitation of facts and anecdotes known and shared widely.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is a very interesting novel, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the history of literature and some of its most famous figures. The dialogue and relationships do a great job of emulating the feeling of the time. Overall, even as someone who did not have a prior interest in Zelda Fitzgerald, I found myself enthralled by the way in which these people and era were presented by Fowler.

Daniel Luquette was a graduating senior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys writing, music, and learning Welsh. He is planning on attending Spring Hill College and majoring in Psychology.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.


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