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West of Sunset

Title: West of Sunset
Author: Stewart O'Nan
Year First Published: 2015
Page Count: 304
Synopsis: A �rich, sometimes heartbreaking� (Dennis Lehane) novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald�s last years in Hollywood

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart� attack.

Those last three years of Fitzgerald�s life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O�Nan�s gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald�s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie.

Fitzgerald�s orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brought vividly to life through the novel�s romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. A sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted, West of Sunset confirms O�Nan as �possibly our best working novelist� (Salon).

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Focus Male/Female Setting Earth Based
Focus Husband/Wife Time Period 1900's
Main Character Male Time Period Historical
Main Character Mid-life Time Period Past
Main Character Adult Type Traditional Historical Fiction
Number of pages 300-400 Type Historic Figure
Readability Moderate Type Self Discovery
Setting North America

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