Book Review: Call Me Zelda

June 27, 2013

in Books

Call Me Zelda

I started this book with the intention of reading it slowly, taking it in piece by piece and enjoying every second. I loved Erika Robuck's last book, Hemingway's Girl, and I wanted to love this one just as much.

The book opens and immediately you are swept into the place and time with Anna, a psyciatric nurse who is the focal point of this story and becomes Zelda's nurse when she arrives at the hospital.

One thing I really enjoy about the way Robuck writes is the effortless detail from the ballerina's dancing upstairs to the way Zelda's eyes look when she is in the midst of an episode. You are drawn in and the story does not let go until the firey end.

I also really like Robuck's approach to historical fiction. Both Hemingway's Girl and Call Me Zelda have a main character that is fictional but interacts with the lives of the famous people in the story. The fictional characters react the way I would expect people to act around these specific famous people. Anna becomes obsessive and protective of Zelda, just as I imagine many of those in her circle actually did.

There are breathtakingly beautiful lines that bring out the truth about the world. Nothing feels rushed or trite.

Robuck actually makes you care about people that, historically, we don't like much like Scott Fitzgerald or Paula Hemingway. She is able to take a characaturized idea we have of this person, and revive their humanity. Her charcters are real, not overly expository, and completely enthralling.

The story carries you to new and unexpected places as the characters face tough life questions. Call Me Zelda will make you love Zelda, Anna, and their friendship, and possibly reevaluate where you might find your Second Act.

 

 

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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