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")."

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.