It's the roaring twenties in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity.
Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so for Evelyn Lockhart, who is forbidden from pursuing her passion to become one of the first female doctors. Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on her family: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.
In a desperate attempt to support herself through Columbia University's medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman - a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous . . .
Captivating, romantic and tragic, A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald follows a young woman ahead of her time amid the fragile hearts and glamour of Jazz Age New York.
About the Author
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing for cosmetic company L'Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald in 2016. The Age described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent" and her work been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
. . . a perfect blend of accessibility and literary prowess. - Good Reading Magazine, five-star review
Heralds the arrival of a remarkable Australian talent. - The Age on WHAT IS LEFT OVER, AFTER
A moving story about a woman gaining self-knowledge and maturity. - Herald Sun on WHAT IS LEFT OVER, AFTER
It is a subtle and sensitive work that eloquently tackles loss, love and life. - West Australian on IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU
I was captivated by this honest, beautiful story. Written with extraordinary emotional wisdom and intelligence. - Liz Byrski on IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU
A thoughtful and engaging read, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald
explores the true meaning of sacrifice and the importance of maintaining one's integrity in the face of adversity. - Books+Publishing