Call Me Zelda by Erika Robust
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by NAL
Call Me Zelda is a novel about the famous and destructive couple F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the King and Queen of the Jazz Age. The story is told through the eyes of a fictional psychiatric nurse named Anna Howard. Personal tragedies in Anna’s life during wartime have led her to work in the Phipps Clinic in Baltimore where she becomes the nurse and friend of schizophrenic Zelda Fitzgerald. Anna soon becomes drawn in to the tempestuous life and relationship of the Fitzgeralds. Anna forms a deep bond with Zelda as Zelda tries to form her own identity apart from her husband, and tries to prove herself as an artist in her own right.
This novel explores the relationship between madness and art, probes the depths of the this famous self-destructive marriage, and demonstrates the power of female friendship.
I loved this book. It was beautifully written, carefully researched, and masterfully executed. The story was heartfelt and engaging–even more so knowing it was based on historical events! It was really interesting learning about the life of the famous writer’s wife and seeing him through a different perspective. I also really liked the character of Anna–she was compelling and relatable. She made the perfect witness to the Fitzgerald’s demise. Love love loved it.
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.