May 6, 2014

Women's Fiction Spotlight: Call Me Zelda

Blurb from Goodreads: From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, but those who really knew them saw their inner turmoil.

Committed to a Baltimore psychiatric hospital in 1932, Zelda vacillates between lucidity and madness as she fights to forge an identity independent of her famous husband. She discovers a sympathetic ear in her nurse Anna Howard, who finds herself drawn into the Fitzgerald’s tumultuous lives and wonders which of them is the true genius. But in taking greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she ever intended.

In this thoroughly researched, deeply moving novel, Erika Robuck explores the boundaries of female friendship, the complexity of marital devotion, and the sources of both art and madness.

This book has so much, ideas about Fitzgerald and the complications of his life, glimpses into a complicated love, exploration of friendship, nurturing and healing, both of self and of someone loved. I really loved it, the way it was told, the authentic voice and how the historical setting felt so natural. I will read this author again.