The end of the famous and destructive marriage between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, brought to life in stunning detail
In this evocative and meticulously detailed novel about the last romance of one of America's greatest literary couples, R. Clifton Spargo crafts an exhilarating portrait of the passionate yet tragically dysfunctional relationship between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
In 1939 Scott is living in Hollywood, a virulent alcoholic and deeply in debt. Despite his relationship with gossip columnist Sheila Graham, he remains fiercely loyal to Zelda, his soul mate and muse. In an attempt to fuse together their fractured marriage, Scott arranges a trip to Cuba, where, after a disastrous first night in Havana, the couple runs off to a beach resort outside the city. But even in paradise, Scott and Zelda cannot escape the dangerous intensity of their relationship.
In Beautiful Fools, R. Clifton Spargo gives us a vivid, resplendent, and truly human portrait of the Fitzgeralds, and reveals the heartbreaking patterns and unexpected moments of tenderness that characterize a great romance in decline
About the Author
R. Clifton Spargo has won Glimmer Train's Award for New Writers as well as their Fiction Open Contest, and is a recent finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and has taught creative writing at numerous universities. He also writes a blog for The Huffington Post.
'This is historical fiction at its best - Evocative, wistful, suffused with a sense of loss and longing' TLS 'A work of genuine literary talent - Spargo's characters transcend reality and become rich and fictional, and the novel, in the form's paradoxical brilliance - speaks truth through invention. Spargo's Fitzgeralds come alive' Spectator
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st July 2014
Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1