West of Sunset

Version: Unabridged
Author: Stewart O'Nan
Narrator: Christopher Lane
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2015
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 59 minutes
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Overview

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 of 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, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted, West of Sunset confirms O’Nan as “possibly our best working novelist” (Salon).

“A rich, sometimes heartbreaking journey through the disintegration of an American legend.”—Dennis Lehane

Author Details

Author Details

O'Nan, Stewart

Stewart O'Nan's novels include "Snow Angels, The Speed Queen, A Prayer for the Dying, " and "The Night Country." "Granta" has named him one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists.