Stewart O’Nan’s novel, West of Sunset, is the heartbreaking story of F.Scott Fitzgerald and what becomes of him after his huge success with The Great Gatsby. This F. Scott goes off to Hollywood deeply in debt, battling alcoholism, trying to make enough money to keep Zelda in a mental institution back East and Scottie in school. Lots of pressure to stay on the straight and narrow and not screw up, not an easy thing for F. Scott as he finds a new love and continues his binges. Definitely a sympathetic view of Fitzgerald. The book includes lots of great stuff about the big players in Hollywood in the 1930s. I love Stewart O'Nan’s novels.
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