Who loved the Paris Wife by Paula McLain? The Paris Wife was Hadley Hemingway's story. Zelda Fitzgerald was also part of her story. Therese Anne Fowler explores Zelda's story in Z A NOVEL of ZELDA FITZGERALD. How did she meet Scott Fitzgerald? What was she like as a person?
Zelda is from Birmingham Alabama. Her father was one the most well-known judges of that time. She is their youngest of the family and most spoiled. The rules seem to never apply to her. Out with friends she meets young Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald. They seem to hit it off. They first met during the waning years of World War I. Once the war was over and Scott goes back to New York what will happen to their relationship? Zelda wants to marry Scott but is not sure he will meet the financial requirements. Once this problem is solved then it is off to married life and trips to Europe. Scott wants to go over to France so he can feel inspired to finish his novel. What happens when he meets the popular Ernest Hemingway? How does this change Scott’s relationship with Zelda?
I thought that Zelda’s story was interesting. I loved reading about the time in Paris. I always envisioned her as being flighty and not very intelligent. Ms. Fowler created the character of Zelda. The character has one trait that surprised me, her intelligence. I felt for her with the misogynistic behavior of her husband and Hemingway. I am glad to see that times have changed with the role of women. I had a desire to seek out the Fitzgerald family tree to see what became of her descendants.
Therese Fowler weaves an interesting picture of Zelda Fitzgerald.