This has been a decade of reckoning with regard to gender, and the women in F. Scott Fitzgerald's life are no exception, despite no longer being with us. Whether viewed through the lens of partner in excess, long-suffering wife, inspiration, ghostwriter, or all of the above, Zelda Fitzgerald is experiencing an unprecedented boom judging by the number of new books, movies, and TV series about her. As a result, we have a much broader understanding of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was essentially forgotten and all but out of print when he died in 1940 at the age of forty-four, yet subsequently rocketed into the pantheon of great American novelists.

Enter into the Fitzgerald fray a new novel about another underappreciated character in this saga: the writer Sheilah Graham, who was Fitzgerald's live-in girlfriend the last three-and-a-half years of his life. Although he was still married—his wife had been institutionalized for...

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