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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.
Absolutely in LOVE with this book, could read it again and again - can't recommend highly enough. A beautiful story set in the glittering 20s, focusing both on the flapper feminism movement and the struggles of a young woman making history to become one of th first female doctors in a male dominated world. read it read it read it
A very nice romance and inspirational read.
an inspirational read
A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald is the third book by Australian author, Natasha Lester. Evelyn Lockhart has finished college. Well, as much college as her parents believe appropriate for a woman, as much college as her father is willing to fund. After all, it's 1922, and Evie's ambition should be to find a husband, be a good wife and bear him children.
It has been assumed, since they were both little, that Evie will marry Charlie Whitman, heir to the Whitman banking empire, so literature and embroidery should suffice. But Evie has other ideas: she wants to do more, to be useful in more ways than just running a household. She has been to some science lectures at Radcliffe, and then a traumatic incident gives her restlessness a purpose: she will become an obstetrician.
This is, of course, impossible. A female doctor? Let alone a female obstetrician! Her parents, her sister, even Charlie try to make her accept the foolishness of her plan. Evie, however, is determined, and there are a few people who not only admire her ambition, but believe she has the requisite fortitude and persistence. Charlie's older brother, Tommy directs her to a tutor, and his mother offers support whenever she can.
Lester's story traces the difficult and challenging path that Evie follows to fulfil her dream. Her obstacles were manifold: she had to support herself and cover her college fees by working, despite her lack of qualifications; her job, of necessity, had to be at night so she could attend daytime classes; her teachers and colleagues denied her the chance at hands-on work; her patients were often mistrustful; and not least, she was a woman!
Lester paints her protagonist as a true heroine, one who was prepared to work hard to attain her goal, one who was willing to give up her own hopes of love for the reputation of the man she loved, one who was intent on rescuing an innocent despite the cost to her own comfort: a genuine altruist. The story includes a bit of mystery and a fe
A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald
. . . 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, AFTERA moving story about a woman gaining self-knowledge and maturity. - Herald Sun on WHAT IS LEFT OVER, AFTERIt is a subtle and sensitive work that eloquently tackles loss, love and life. - West Australian on IF I SHOULD LOSE YOUI was captivated by this honest, beautiful story. Written with extraordinary emotional wisdom and intelligence. - Liz Byrski on IF I SHOULD LOSE YOUA 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
ISBN: 9780733638008 ISBN-10: 0733638007 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 416 Published: 14th February 2017 Publisher: Hachette Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Natasha Lester’s fourth book, Her Mother’s Secret, was published by Hachette Australia in 2017. She is also the author of the bestselling historical novel, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, which was published in 2016.
Previously, she’s written literary fiction as well, including the award-winning What is Left Over After (2010) and If I Should Lose You (2012). The Age newspaper has described her as “a remarkable Australian talent.”
She has been the recipient of grants by the Australia Council, and a writing residency from Varuna, The Writers House. Her work has also appeared in The Review of Australian Fiction and Overland, and the anthologies Australian Love Stories, The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and Purple Prose. In her spare time, she loves to teach writing, she’s a sought after public speaker and she can be also often be found drinking tea, buying shoes, doing headstands at yoga, or playing dress-ups with her 3 children.