Villa America

Villa America

Liza Klaussmann Hardcover, 432 pages; 2015
#UK7972 $26.00 Members' Price: $22.10

Lift the cover of F. Scott Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel Tender Is the Night and you'll spy his simple dedication: "To Sara and Gerald, Many Fêtes." The American couple widely believed to be the inspiration for Tender's main characters, Sara and Gerald Murphy are the focus of Liza Klaussmann's elegant novel about love and marriage, temptation and devotion, and the families we create when those we're born into fail us. After they meet and marry in New York, the Murphys flee to France to escape their families' disapproval of the match, settling on the French Riviera with their three young children in a lush estate they name Villa America. There they become the center of a glittering - and turbulent - expatriate social circle that includes Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Ernest and Hadley Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole and Linda Porter, Archie and Ada MacLeish, and Dorothy Parker. Richly nuanced and devastatingly poignant, Villa America deftly manages to offer both a snapshot of a specific era in time and a timeless portrait of the complexities of marriage. (KG)

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