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Zelda: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

 By Therese Anne Fowler Not long ago, a friend gave me a bag full of books. That's sort of like Christmas morning to me. What treasures were there? The first one that caught my attention was Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.   This is not a new book - it was published in 2014. But since when has that ever meant much in the world of fiction?  I was in high school when I first read an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby , probably one of, if not the  most accessible of his books and thus a good introduction to his writing for a high school student. Two main things struck me: his prose was delightful, and his characters were despicable, except for perhaps, Nick Carraway. Oddly enough, it was this novel - the one now hailed as one of the greatest American novels - that began his slow decline into failure, alcoholism, and ultimately, an early death.  In each of his other novels, Fitzgerald was simply playing his own life out on paper, offering some excuses for "his" char

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