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From the author of Hemingway’s Girl comes a richly imagined tale of Zelda Fitzgerald’s love, longing, and struggle against ever-threatening insanity.

From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, but those who really knew them saw their inner turmoil.

Committed to a Baltimore psychiatric hospital in 1932, Zelda vacillates betwe
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Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by NAL (first published January 1st 2013)
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Marisa historical fiction uses words from the era that they write about. back then it was called being "insane" now it would be obsolete but the author shoul…morehistorical fiction uses words from the era that they write about. back then it was called being "insane" now it would be obsolete but the author should stay true to the time IMO(less)
Jenn Fiction...the book's narrator is a made up character and there are some supernatural occurrences later in the book.

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Shannon Stone
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I'm only 1/2 way through this book and I'm torn: I want to finish it tonight, but I also want to savor every scene, every sentence. From page one, I was hooked by the broken yet incredibly strong narrator/heroine, Annie. Also, who doesn't want a look (even if it is fictional) into the Fitzgeralds' tumultuous life, especially Zelda!

Update: I just finished this wonderful novel. I am so glad I did! There are so many books I've read lately that leave me with a meh or blah feeling, but thankfully, Ca
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Brendan Moody
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
[I received an ARC of this book through the Amazon Vine program. There are mild spoilers in the second-to-last paragraph of the review.]

The planned release in May 2013 of Baz Luhrmann's high-profile film version of THE GREAT GATSBY has led to a spate of books about the lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, with at least four novels on the tragic couple recently published or forthcoming. I haven't yet read any of the others, so I can only hope that Erika Robuck's CALL ME ZELDA is the worst of the
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Moira Russell
Apr 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-the-kindle, ebook
Well, apart from the terrible, terrible writing, this book was just Dull, capital-D dull. Maybe two capitals: DDull.
Paul Waibel
May 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was for me a mistake to read Erika Robuck's CALL ME ZELDA (New York: New American Library, 2013) after having read Therese Flower's Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD (2013). Whereas Z kept me turning the pages, CALL ME ZELDA kept me wondering if I should continue reading. A hundred pages into the novel all I could utter is "ho hum."

CALL ME ZELDA is the sort of novel that is enjoyed by ladies who want a somewhat romantic story to pass the time while enjoying a good cup of coffee. It is a good sto
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Beth
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read the galley of Erika Robuck's newest offering, and it literally kept me up into the late hours of the night. Tragic yet edged with a sense of fragile hope, this richly imagined story shines a light on the enormously talented and complex Zelda Fitzgerald and the compassionate psychiatric nurse who came to love her as a friend.
Diane S ☔
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
After writing Hemingway's Daughter, which I have yet to read, this author felt compelled to write a book about Zelda, seeing as how Hemingway hated her so much. A sentiment Zelda shared. The Fitzgerald's relationship was a very volatile one, Scott was an alcoholic and mental problems ran in Zelda's family. They had a love hate relationship that was brilliantly portrayed in this novel. Although Zelda did have a nurse, the nurse in this story and her relationship with the Fitzgerald's was a litera ...more
Patricia Williams
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book about Zelda Fitzgerald. I've read quite a few books about her, seen movies and read much about Scott and seen more movies. I have always been intrigued by these people and will continue to read their stories. I enjoyed Erika Robuck's writing and I have read her other books and will continue to read anything else she writes. If you enjoy history with a little fiction, this is a good book to read.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
F Scott Fitzgerald remains one of America's most famous novelists, penning such titles as The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Love of the Last Tycoon and many more. But it was his wife Zelda, a flapper and dancer from the 1920s, who was his inspiration, and it was their tumultuous, resentful yet passionate relationship the gave their peers much to talk about. Zelda is a high-strung, emotional, creative woman, a beauty in her day with one child, Frances ...more
Cynthia
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Call Me Zelda" is the story of a nurse, Anna, who first cares for Zelda in an asylum and then privately. The story is told from Anna's perspective and is mostly about her interspersed with large dollops of the Fitzgeralds' lives. Robuck is firmly in the anti-Scott group. She attempts to show the gray areas of Zelda's condition emphasizing not only her mental issues but also her creativity which was squashed by Scott's ego. His alcoholism.also fueled Zelda's feelings of abandonment and despair.

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Samantha Key
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a good read. A wonderfully vivid story of friendship and love, and the healing power of both.
Judy Collins
After finishing a stunning advanced reading copy of Erica Robuck’s upcoming THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE, a literary historical fiction of Nathaniel and Sophie Hawthorne (May 5, 2015)- highly recommend; as well as her collaboration of Grand Central Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion--found I had missed some of Robuck’s previous books, and quickly purchased them on audible.

CALL ME ZELDA, is a captivating multi-layered historic literary fiction, focusing on Anna Howard, a young nurse who co
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Linda Lipko
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author uses the nurse of Zelda when she was first institutionalized for a diagnosis of schizophrenia to tell the story of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Theirs was a torrid, incredibly destructive relationship. The love was real and solid, as was the tearing apart and incredle dysfunction that resulted from two people who did the best they could when it simply wasn't enough.

Zelda's nurse in the institution becomes fascinated by this incredibly lovely, sometimes caring, always insightful woman.
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Lauren Monroe
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a Maryland novelist myself, I wanted to read this as I had enjoyed Hemingway's Girl a year before. I am drawn to books about writers and the aspect of Zelda's mental illness as well as Scott and Zelda's stormy relationship intrigued me.

Some reviews have written that the character of Anna Howard, the nurse who first met Zelda when she was inpatient and later became her in-home caregiver, overstepped....that there was not enough of Zelda Fitzgerald in this book. Idid not think so. It gave Robuc
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4.5 stars.

An incredibly whimsical tale that takes you as the reader through the life of Anna as she becomes involved with the Fitzgeralds. Harkened back to the Jazz age of the Great Depression and the hardships that befell the Fitzgeralds; it's a story of grief, relationships, struggle and emotions. I, much like Anna, became enthralled with the legends Scott and Zelda. I already had a taste of Scott's writing with 'The Great Gatsby' and a few others, so it w
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Deb W
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having so recently finished Therese Anne Fowler's "Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" I was a bit disappointed to see the library fulfilled my hold request so quickly. "Z" was such an excellent view into Zelda's life that I was afraid it would overshadow Erika's work.

It did not. If anything, it set the stage to make Erika's "Call Me Zelda" soar in flight, though it didn't set that impression upon my first sitting. My first reaction was: "Erika! Why would you tell the story from her nurse's perspect
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Kari
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've been so engrossed in a novel. I was fascinated by Robuck's account of the deeply complicated relationship between Scott and Zelda. I loved every minute of it!
Renee Rosen
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald must put CALL ME ZELDA at the top of their TBR pile. Just as in HEMINGWAY'S GIRL, Erkia Robuck once again introduces a fictional character to deftly illuminate the lives of these literary icons. Her prose is beautiful and the story gripping, especially the ending.

In this time of renewed interest in The Great Gatsby and Zelda, there couldn't be a better time to read this one! Enjoy!
Tim McIntyre
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Erika Robuck has a gift for taking the reader to the a time and place where we can experience the focus of her historical novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda come to life and for those of us who have read and enjoyed his books, this was a terrific experience into the lives of two insecure people in love with each other but finding life itself difficult. 'Call Me Zelda' was a terrific read.
Stacy
I didn't know very much about the Fitzgeralds when I started reading this. I was disturbed by the hold that Zelda had over the narrator and felt that the nurse put Zelda's wishes over her and Zelda's well-being. Still, I liked the main character, although I've already forgotten her name!
Lauren Bell
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a beautiful, haunting, and enjoyable read. A deep story into the intricate details of the Fitzgeralds' lives along with their nurse Anna, who loves and cares deeply for Zelda.
Alison
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Judging by the title, I assumed the story would be told from Zelda's point of view, but I think the author made a very smart choice by having Nurse Anna narrate. I'm not sure I could have handled a story told in Zelda's voice for long! What a tragedy for people who suffered from mental illness before proper medication became available. Even with medication, it's a difficult burden to bear. Because the story is split between Anna and Zelda, we don't get many details about Anna's time in the vario ...more
Alicia
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, historical, romance
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Karen Boone
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished Call Me Zelda on Tuesday night and I’m still thinking about how wonderful this book was. While I was going through the chapters, I felt every possible emotion one could feel when reading a book: sadness, hope, excitement, anger, frustration…the list could go on and on. This is dazzling and touching story that will pull you at the first chapter and keep you hooked until the end.

Call Me Zelda revolves around two very different women. Anna is a quiet, psychiatric nurse who has lost both
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Joyce
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Call me a bigger fan of Erika Robuck's writing after finishing “Call Me Zelda”... I loved it as much as “Hemingway's Girl”. I started reading this book with very limited knowledge of F. Scott and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald; a heartbreaking journey of celebrity to traumatic despair and ruin.

Through the eyes of Anna Howard, a nurse at a psychiatric hospital we see the breakdown of Zelda Fitzgerald's shattered marriage to the infamous writer and her continuing instability.  Not to take away from wha
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Marcie
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this book because of a movie I watched a long time ago. It was about Zelda Fitzgerald and her life with F. Scott Fitzgerald. I don't remember the name, nor could I find it. However with the movie Gatsby coming out a little while ago, there has been a surge of interest in the Fitzgeralds.
Call Me Zelda is told through her nurse, Anna. Anna works at the psychiatric hospital that Zelda is admitted to in 1932. Zelda and Anna form a quick friendship. Anna is drawn to Zelda's personalit
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Laura Kay Bolin
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The arrival of the famous Zelda Fitzgerald to a Baltimore Psychiatric hospital forever changes the life of her nurse, Anna Howard. Anna has a past all boxed up in her bedroom closet where she'd like to keep it. Her work and weekend trips to her parents are her life, until Zelda walks in.

Zelda is sometimes perfectly normal, but things turn so quickly.She seems to be trying to separate her identity from her famous husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald --she is liter
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Melinda
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I found Call Me Zelda interesting in many ways. I was impressed with the narrator being Anna. Anna's voice added another avenue of interest as well as her own tragic past plumping the plot overall. Her characterization is well done and Anna shines in a positive light with her many attributes and natural caregiver persona. Her dedication and affection towards Zelda was touching, crossing her professional line but aware of her continuing affronts. Always having Zelda's interest at the forefron ...more
Julia
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed reading this historical fictional account of the life of Zelda, the wife of F.Scott Fitzgerald.

This couple lived life large, from New York to Paris and moved in social circles with other now famous authors, like Hemingway. They seemed to have the world by the tale. This story is set in the early 30's during the Jazz era. Zelda was an accomplished painter, writer and dancer by her own rights, and yet lived in the shadow of her husband. At one point, he "stole" her diaries, used t
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Denise
Erika Robuck's love, respect and compassion for Zelda Fitzgerald shines through in her beautiful novel, Call Me Zelda. Zelda Fitzgerald has been sorely misunderstood in life and in death, and Robuck clearly set out to set the story straight with meticulous and careful research. She has given us a beautifully written novel which is a must-read for anyone who wants to better acquaint him or her self with the fascinating and multi-talented Zelda Fitzgerald.

Call Me Zelda covers the latter part of Ze
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Mariana Cotromanes
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Erika Robuck's third novel, CALL ME ZELDA, tells the story of the fictional relationship between Zelda Fitzgerald and her nurse Anna in the 1930s. It features the story of Zelda "after the party;" a time when she was mentally unstable, having developed what is believed to be schizophrenia, and at the height of practicing her artistic craft (she wrote a novel, "Save Me the Waltz," and short stories, and painted often).

Just like Zelda has suffered, so has Anna (having lost her husband and daughter
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