Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald book review

Z: A Novel of Zelda FitzgeraldZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fictionalized account of the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, covering her life from the night she meets F. Scott Fitzgerald until she leaves him, with a bit of end-story to tie up loose ends.

Their relationship is … difficult … compounded by how absurdly women were treated at the time.

It’s beautifully written and has a quick pace that keeps you turning the page even though you keep muttering, “Zelda, don’t. No, Zelda. Oh Zelda. Zel-da.” The author acknowledges in the endnotes that in the Fitzgerald fandom, there are definitive Team Zelda and Team Scott factions. I think it’s safe to say our author is Team Zelda.

Upon finishing this book, I realized that I have a searing hate toward F. Scott Fitzgerald and I’m glad he’s dead.

(I also hated The Great Gatsby. So eat that, Scott. Jerk.)

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Currently (post-party edition)

Today was my nephew’s birthday party. It was Daniel Tiger themed, and if you are a person of a certain age and aren’t exposed to Daniel Tiger, it’s adorable. It’s animated, but it’s a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood of Make Believe, next generation. It’s based around the children of the citizens of the Neighborhood of Make Believe. Too cute for words.

The party was lovely, and I ate responsibly. I miss shoving multiple slices of cake in my cakehole, but it’s okay. Because I’m…

Losing: 24 pounds and counting. The pound-and-a-half this week was a welcome surprise. I’m down 1 to 3 sizes (I hate how things are sized these days) but I’m not buying anything new until I get closer to summer. I’ll just use rope to keep my pants up.

Polished: I was going to do my beloved Lincoln Park After Dark, but when I opened the bottle, the polish was all dried out. Booooooooooo! That’s what I get for biting my nails for years. I settled for OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys, which is an equally old bottle but held up well.

Watching: WM has us watching Mountain Monsters (probably auto-play stupidity). This is the dumbest show on Destination America which is saying a lot. At this point I’m willing to go out there and shoot all of their stupid Bigfoot targets. (Bigfeet?) WM is amused to pieces by this show.

This rogue team “C QUAD?”…I hope it’s their wives screwing with them.

Reading: I’m about 100 pages away from finishing Jemisin’s The Kingdom of Gods and this weekend I bought Hamilton: The Revolution. I’m never going to see this cast perform this musical so this is the next best thing. This book even SMELLS great.

Cooking: I tried Mark Bittman’s chicken salad today. It’s good enough, but WM doesn’t like scallions and I don’t like celery, so I omitted them and it definitely needs some crunch. Maybe carrots?

Giving up: I have a cute photo of the party, but the WordPress 4.5 upgrade is tossing http errors when I try to upload photos. I don’t have an FTP client on my Surface yet (my bad) and it’s after 10pm so the Internet is out of luck.

Friday 5 ON FRIDAY: In the Middle

Happy Friday!

Tomorrow is my amazing nephew’s birthday. He’ll be 2 and I can’t believe how quickly those 2 years have flown.


My welcome home.

He is a giggly, happy little dude and I’m happy to know him.

Today is tax day and let’s not talk about that. Enjoy your refunds.

This week’s Friday 5 subject is In the Middle and it’s already 9:41PM so let’s get moving before I pass out and miss my deadline!

1. What’s something you’re in the middle of?

I have three biggie data projects going on at work right now that I’m in the middle of. One of them includes lots of data entry, and the other two are big Excel spreadsheets of doom.

2. What’s in the middle of you?

The letter “o” of course.

3. What is your residence in the middle of?

Two houses with very well-manicured front lawns. Our lawn, on the other hand, is in bloom. When we went to see this house last year, the lawn was freshly mowed and concealed the dozens of dandelions and wild violets that dot our lawn. It’s pretty.

4. What’s a great food that features something in its middle?

Have you ever had a panzarotti? It’s deep-fried dough with pizza sauce and cheese (and other toppings if you want) in the middle. When it’s fried, it puffs up. And when you sink your teeth into this amazing amazing crunchy dough the pizza goo drips out. Have mercy.

Google tells me there are 786 calories in a panzarotti. Have mercy.

5. What’s the nearest you’ve been to the middle of nowhere?

Years ago when we were in California we drove from San Francisco to Anaheim and there were some pretty deserted areas on the way.

Relatedly, this poppy song got me through some sad times years ago. Video probably not safe for work due to lots of bras and panties.

Have a lovely weekend!

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