Call Me Zelda
By Erika Robuck
(NAL Trade, Paperback, 9780451239921, 352pp.)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Categories: Historical - General
Everything in the ward seemed different now, and I no longer felt its calming presence. The Fitzgeralds stirred something in me that had been dormant for a long time, and I was not prepared to face it.... From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, seeming to float on champagne bubbles above the mundane cares of the world. But to those who truly knew them, the endless parties were only a distraction from their inner turmoil, and from a love that united them with a scorching intensity. When Zelda is committed to a Baltimore psychiatric clinic in 1932, vacillating between lucidity and madness in her struggle to forge an identity separate from her husband, the famous writer, she finds a sympathetic friend in her nurse, Anna Howard. Held captive by her own tragic past, Anna is increasingly drawn into the Fitzgeralds’ tumultuous relationship. As she becomes privy to Zelda’s most intimate confessions, written in a secret memoir meant only for her, Anna begins to wonder which Fitzgerald is the true genius. But in taking ever greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she intended....
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Erika Robuck is a contributor to the popular fiction blog Writer Unboxed, and she maintains her own blog, Muse. She is a member of the Hemingway Society and the Historical Novel Society, and she lives in the Chesapeake Bay area with her husband and three sons.
Praise for Call Me Zelda
“This gem of a novel spins a different, touching story…You will love it, as I absolutely did.”—Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and The House I Loved
"Robuck effectively captures the Fitzgeralds’ turbulent marriage, as well as their inability to function—personally or professionally—beyond their jazz age heyday and into the Depression era."—Publishers Weekly
“Lovers of the Jazz Age, literary enthusiasts, and general historic fiction readers will find much to love about Call Me Zelda. Highly recommended.”—Historical Novels Review, “Editor’s Choice”
“In this richly imagined story, Erika Robuck has captured the creative brilliance and madness of Zelda Fitzgerald…an unsettling yet tender portrayal of two women inextricably bound by hope and tragedy.”—Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt “[A] haunting and beautifully atmospheric novel…brilliantly brings Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald to life in all their doomed beauty, with compelling and unforgettable results.”—Alex George, author of A Good American “A Jamesian sense of the uncanny haunts Erika Robuck's poignant, compassionate portrait of Zelda Fitzgerald's desperate dance with mental illness… mesmerizing, page-turning, and provides us with a fresh, very human look at two literary icons.”—Maryanne O'Hara, author of Cascade
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“You’ll love this robust, tender story of love, grief, and survival on Key West in the 1930s…addictive.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Jenna Blum “Fans of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife will adore Erika Robuck’s spellbinding tale…an irresistible, exhilarating story of love and adventure.” —Dawn Tripp, Bestselling Author of Game of Secrets “Dazzlingly written and impossibly moving, this novel is a supernova.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling Author of Pictures of You “Brings Key West to life.…Readers will delight in the complex relationships and vivid setting.”—Publishers Weekly “Evokes a setting of the greatest fascination.…This is assured and richly enjoyable storytelling.”—Margaret Leroy, Author of The Soldier’s Wife “Imagines the powerful and resilient women behind the mythical man. An inspiring story of heartache and renewal.”—Sarah McCoy, Author of The Baker’s Daughter “I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with Robuck’s Hemingway and with the fiery Mariella Bennet.”—Ann Napolitano, Author of A Good Hard Look “Brings to vivid life the captivating and volatile world of a literary legend.” —Kristina McMorris, Author of Letters from Home and Bridge of Scarlet Leaves