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I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was so well written and beautifully narrated. A fascinating story that was a complete surprise to me.
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This quiet book about the last year's of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life held my interest by detailing a very interesting time in Hollywood and American cultural history, as well as treating Fitzgerald like an ordinary human being rather than an icon. In the waning years of his life, he was a script writer in Hollywood and failing in a dispirited battle with alcoholism, yet still tried to be a decent husband and father in his own way. The book is mostly set in Hollywood, with Fitzgerald's benders even less dramatic than Humphrey Bogart's. There are occasional trips to the mental health facility where Zelda Fitzgerald lives - making us wonder what she would have been like in a modern context with modern pharma and more options than just being a debutante and wife of a once-dashing literary genius. O'Nan does a good job painting the scenes with a wistful melancholy that matches Fitzgerald, with his work ethic and sensibilities unmarred by alcoholism but his gift muted by the disease.
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