From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, seeming to float on champagne bubbles above the mundane cares of the world. But to those who truly knew them, the endless parties were only a distraction from their inner turmoil and from a love that united them with a scorching intensity.
When Zelda is committed to a Baltimore psychiatric clinic in 1932, vacillating between lucidity and madness in her struggle to forge an identity separate from her husband, the famous writer, she finds a sympathetic friend in her nurse, Anna Howard. Held captive by her own tragic past, Anna is increasingly drawn into the Fitzgeralds' tumultuous relationship. As she becomes privy to Zelda's most intimate confessions, written in a secret memoir meant only for her, Anna begins to wonder which Fitzgerald is the true genius. But in taking ever greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she intended.
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"Renowned as the iconic American party girl of the 1920s, Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, suffered major mental illness in the later years of her short life. CALL ME ZELDA is a fictional account of her shaky marriage and her bouts of artistic zeal as schizophrenia loomed. Narrator Amy Landon skillfully provides a tender yet steady presence for Anna, the fictional psychiatric nurse who is a witness to Zelda's life. Landon renders Zelda's voice with a syrupy Southern accent and delivers her hallucinatory outbursts with controlled power. In Scott's drunken eruptions, Landon reveals his undercurrents of insecurity about his waning talent. When Nurse Anna is forced to confront the tragedies in her own life, Landon depicts her reluctant memories with bittersweet charm. N.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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