Another Side of Paradise (Hardcover)
Harper, 9780062696762, 352pp.
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham’s star is on the rise, while literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author, desperate to make money penning scripts for the silver screen, is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous Miss Graham, a woman who exposes the secrets of others while carefully guarding her own. Like Fitzgerald’s hero Jay Gatsby, Graham has meticulously constructed a life far removed from the poverty of her childhood in London’s slums. And like Gatsby, the onetime guttersnipe learned early how to use her charms to become a hardworking success; she is feted and feared by both the movie studios and their luminaries.
A notorious drunk famously married to the doomed Zelda, Fitzgerald fell hard for his “Shielah” (he never learned to spell her name), a shrewd yet softhearted woman—both a fool for love and nobody’s fool—who would stay with him and help revive his career until his tragic death three years later. Working from Sheilah’s memoirs, interviews, and letters, Sally Koslow revisits their scandalous love affair and Graham’s dramatic transformation in London, bringing Graham and Fitzgerald gloriously to life with the color, glitter, magic, and passion of 1930s Hollywood.
Praise For Another Side of Paradise: A Novel…
“Sally Koslow’s novel about the romance between legendary gossip columnist Sheilah Graham and F. Scott Fitzgerald is addictive reading. . . you’ll be surprised by the nuance and new details that Another Side of Paradise brings to light.”
“A stunning, utterly captivating read. Another Side of Paradise delivers an unforgettable portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham, a remarkable couple steeped in all the glamour, romance, and intrigue of old Hollywood. Their wild ride of a love affair is one for the ages!”
“Isn’t a beautifully written page-turner the ideal read? Well, here it is. I am full of admiration and gratitude for this wonderful novel. Brava, Sally Koslow. I didn’t want your fascinating and tender book to end.”
“Koslow’s imagined account of the real-life affair between the writer and the seductive expat is captivating.”
“Looking for something deliciously dishy with a side of wry? This golden age Hollywood novel is your ticket.”
“This fictional telling of (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s) real-life romance is rich in historical detail, celebrity dish, and old-fashioned human drama.”