BOOKS

West of Sunset

Stewart O'Nan

RRP: £8.99

3 March 2016

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925266122

RRP: £12.99

2 July 2015

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925266092

RRP: £6.99

1 January 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925575569

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long behind him. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruin, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood.

The 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 heartfelt new 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 their 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. Written with striking grace and subtlety, this wise and intimate portrait of a man trying his best to hold together a world that’s flying apart, if not gone already, is an American masterpiece.

REVIEWS

The heart of the novel is his penetrating description of Fitzgerald's troubled self.
The Sunday Times

O'Nan is serious in his attempt to dig deep into Fitzgerald and his genius... Scott's pain is palpable but O'Nan's prose glitters in response.
Big Issue

Some of O'Nan's most suggestive passages conjure the feeling of freefall that can accompany uncontrollable change.
Guardian

O'Nan has written a wonderfully intimate and gently absorbing book.
Press Association

Atmospheric West of Sunset re-imagines the last three troubled years of Fitzgerald's life... Stunning.
The Herald

A stunning account of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final years.
The Australian

[A] gorgeous new novel... O'Nan is a writer alert to the courage and beauty inherent in the stories of people who simply have to keep on keeping on.
Washington Post

Mesmerising and haunting...The strings O'Nan pulls so deftly are really the mark of a consummate pro, along the lines of Fitzgerald himself.
Boston Globe

O'Nan's adroitness with atmosphere and period detail makes Fitzgerald's dreams of creating worthy work, even with his best days behind him, absorbing and poignant.
The New Yorker

O'Nan... skilfully pulls us into Fitzgerald's gilded and yet familiar world. He brings the Hollywood legends to life. By the end, they feel like friends.
Chicago Tribune

With West of Sunset, one brilliant American novelist has taken on another... big-hearted and fascinating.
Seattle Times

[He] brings depth and tenderness to the awkward love affair between Fitzgerald and the gossip columnist Sheilah Graham.
Mail on Sunday

One of the most purely enjoyable novels of the year.
A.V. Club, best books of 2015

West of Sunset focuses on these last, darkly difficult years, folding in details of Fitzgerald's life with subtle, unhurried sympathy. The result is a fine portrait of grace under pressure and moral courage.
Burnley Express