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The author of the acclaimed international bestseller The Late, Lamented Molly Marx imaginatively brings to life the shocking affair of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his longtime lover, Sheilah Graham, in this dazzling novel of romance, celebrity, and Gatsby-esque self-creation in 1930s Hollywood

In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham’s star is on the rise, whi
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Harper
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Angela M
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The Great Gatsby is my favorite novel and F.Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite writers. I’m always attracted to books about him, even if it’s a fictional account. This is more Sheilah Graham’s story, but of course, Fitzgerald is a part of that story. Quite honestly it was Fitzgerald that I was most interested and I was more interested in the part of her story that included him. The character herself says ,”And then my real life began, because this was the evening I first saw F. Scott Fitzgerald.. ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Sheilah Graham was a popular gossip columnist covering Hollywood stars in the late 1930’s. She moved to America and assumed a new name to hide her poverty-stricken background. At the same time, F. Scott Fitzgerald was working in California developing movie scripts while struggling to write his next novel. His wife, Zelda, was away at a psychiatric hospital and he was fighting to stay sober.

Sheilah and Fitzgerald met at a party an embark on a tumultuous love affair. She understood his shortcomin
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Sally Koslow
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my own book and first historical novel. I want you to know why I wrote it. I am a lifelong admirer of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, and he is a major character in the book. But of equal importance is a woman you may not know: Sheilah Graham. She was a high-spirited Englishwoman who fell in love with Scott in Hollywood, long after dear Zelda had fallen ill and was living in a sanitarium. Where Scott’s story may be familiar, few readers know about Sheilah, who literally re-invented herself. ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I was a child on a trip to the mountains of North Carolina, I remember being told that Zelda Fitzgerald was admitted to a sanitorium in the area, and there was some other mystery that surrounded her and her time there; and for whatever reason, because of that early experience, I have been interested in Zelda ever since. She is pretty darn intriguing after all.

In my 11th grade English class, taught by someone who ardently admired Fitzgerald, I read The Great Gatsby for the first time, and I
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Berit☀️✨
This was a beautifully told well researched book about Sheilah Graham. Graham was the mistress of F Scott Fitzgerald in the final years of his life, when Zelda was institutionalized. The story begins with the death of Fitzgerald and then bounces between present and past. We get the backstory of Sheilah how she came from nothing and became one of the top gossip columnists in old Hollywood. We also get an inside look at the romantic rollercoaster relationship between Fitzgerald and Graham. A compl ...more
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Where are all my Great Gatsby and F Scott Fitzgerald fans at? If that's you, this book is for you!

Sheilah is a gossip columnist in the 1930's. She covers all of the Hollywood stars. She changes her name in order to be more "anonymous" and at the same time F Scott Fitzgerald is trying to make it big while also supporting his own demons and his family, especially his wife. Sheilah and F Scott end up falling for each other but their love affair is a complicated one as F Scott would neve
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Laura G (lauralovestoread)
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Being a long time fan of the 1920’s and 30’s, as well as to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, I’ve read my share of stories on this infamous couple. However it was my first getting a glimpse into the life and relationship of Sheila Graham. I wanted to not like her, as I was feeling for Zelda while she was away at an asylum, but Sheila was the kind, strong woman that Fitzgerald needed at that time and I could see why he fell for her.

This novel swept me away to the glitz and glamor of the
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I just knew I needed to read this book when I saw it and I was lucky to get the chance to listen to the audiobook. I watched a movie about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham years ago with Gregory Peck in the title role. Can't remember much about it, but I was thrilled to get to read a book about the couple.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is forever linked with his wife Zelda, but the last years of his life were he involved with gossip columnist Sheilah Graham. It was not an easy romance, es
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Janelle | She Reads with Cats
Many thanks to Harper Books for my free copy of ANOTHER SIDE OF PARADISE by Sally Koslow - all opinions are my own.

I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, so I immediately jumped at the chance to read this book! The writing is beautiful, descriptive, vivid, and picturesque. I absolutely adored it.

The story centers on gossip columnist Sheilah Graham and her longtime, on again, off again, love affair with F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in 1930s Hollywood, during a time when Fitzgerald’s care
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MaryBeth's Bookshelf
I've been obsessed with F. Scott Fitzgerald ever since my Junior year of High School when I read The Great Gatsby. I've always had such a romantic notion of him, Zelda, and the Jazz Age. Another Side of Paradise paints a more realistic, human picture of Fitzgerald as a man. He, like all of us, was a person with flaws. Told through the eyes of his longtime lover, Sheilah Graham, we see a man struggling with demons. Graham was a fascinating woman in her own right, from growing up in poverty in Lon ...more
Michelle
Did you know that F. Scott Fitzgerald died in the home of Sheilah Graham, the famed gossip columnist? Until recently, I hadn't known this and when I stumbled across the tidbit I thought, someone should write a book about her! Well, someone did. It comes out in May and is fantastic. I loved the bright and interesting Sheilah, and their complex relationship, and the vulnerabilities shown in Fitzgerald. We meet him after he's lost his luster and take projects to get by. The contrast of his struggle ...more
Brooke (Brooke's Books and Brews)
I really enjoyed this book! You can really tell that the author spent a lot of time on research for this novel. I love anything that has to do with the “Golden Age” and this book had such excellent scenes including all the old Hollywood crowd. I’m also a big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels (The Great Gatsby is my favorite!) but I have to admit that I didn’t know much about the author himself. I knew of the famous Zelda Fitzgerald of course but I didn’t know anything about Sheilah Graham. She ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
I've definitely been on a historical fiction kick these days and I am LOVING it.

This one is all Hollywood romance, scandal, glitz and glamour, and if you know anything about The Great Gatsby - you need to read this!

We all know the infamous F. Scott Fitzgerald of Gatsby fame. But what I did not know, was the scandal and rumors that swirled around this creative force! Rumors of a possible relationship with his rival, Ernest Hemingway, drunken escapades and severe alcoholism, and his w
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Linda Zagon
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review of "Another Side of Paradise" by Sally Koslow

I loved everything about "Another Side of Paradise" by Sally Koslow.  I appreciate that  Sally Koslow  has done extensive research, and writes so vividly  with great description the colorful cast of characters and various timelines. This novel is fiction based on famous characters. I was captivated and intrigued by this fascinating novel.

The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.   A great deal of
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Lynda Loigman
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This gorgeous novel tells the story of Sheilah Graham and her love affair with F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was completely unfamiliar with this captivating piece of history, and I am so grateful to have received an early copy of this book. It is flawlessly researched, beautifully written, and thoughtfully crafted. I highly recommend!
BookGypsy
This was our July book selection and the first book I've read by Koslow. The story is just as beautiful as the book cover. I enjoyed learning about old Hollywood,Sheilah Graham and F.Scott Fitzgerald. The wording was so poetic and magic it compelled me to the pages. I had a 20 minute conversation on how poetic and moving the wording was before discussing the story.

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Diane S ☔
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Kathryn Scott
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am utterly enchanted, captivated, enthralled and delirious reading Sally Koslow's impeccably written story of the romance between Sheilah Graham and F Scott Fitzgerald. I've read the books each wrote, and much that's been written about each of them―and even appeared in one of the film incarnations of The Great Gatsby, an experience that inspired me to explore even more about the world of Fitzgerald. Sally Koslow has woven a story so familiar to me, yet so fresh, personal and intimate I savored ...more
Camille Maio
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book knowing nothing about Sheilah Graham and little about F. Scott FitzGerald. But I learned so much in this meticulously-researched novel and came away feeling like I'd gotten an intimate look into their lives. The most fascinating part for me was the transformation and rise of Sheilah, certainly a rags-to-riches, or at least a rags-to-Hollywood story. Fans of F. Scott FitzGerald may have heard much about his legendary romance with Zelda. But the tale is not finished until they kno ...more
Julie Cantrell
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating romp with Fitzgerald through the eyes of his mistress, Sheilah Graham. This novel provided an addictive escape into the golden age of Hollywood and gave me entry to Fitzgerald's life through an entirely new lens. Loved it.
Susan Peterson
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Side of Paradise is a book that will enthrall readers from the very first page, a book that is utterly absorbing and entertaining. I started this book knowing a little about F. Scott Fitzgerald, and nothing about Sheilah Graham and their romance. When they meet, Sheilah has pulled herself out of a hardscrabble life in the slums of London, and has embarked on a career as a gossip columnist in Hollywood; Scott’s greatest achievements are behind him. I found Sheila’s life story especially c ...more
Heather Webb
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sally Koslow's foray into historical fiction was a real treat. ANOTHER SIDE OF PARADISE is a well-crafted and fascinating tale about a woman I couldn't help but root for. In fact, from the beginning of her story I wished I could sit Sheilah Graham down and talk her out of falling for the infamous drinker, Scott F. Fitzgerald. Though we all know how his story ended, through her eyes we meet a different Scott, and come to a new understanding about not only his fading star, but her own rising one, ...more
Cindy
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harpercollins
This book was an eye opener for me as I knew nothing about the love affair between Sheilah Graham, a gossip columnist, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author brings to life this unbelievable and at times tragic relationship through memoirs, interviews, and letters. I was addicted to Sheilah’s personal life, her crazy attraction to Scott, her interviews with the Hollywood stars, and all the glitz of the 1930’s. Kudos to Koslow for a well-researched book that was fascinating. Thank you HarperCollins ...more
Pam Jenoff
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Koslow has long been a favorite writer of mine and her latest takes on the scandalous affair between F. Scott Fitzgerald and gossip columnist Sheilah Graham. Spanning 1930s Hollywood to London, this book is dark yet exhilarating, emotional yet fun. Do not miss!
Sue
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was familiar with F Scott Fitzgerald due to required college reading and was aware of his marriage to Zelda thanks to a book that I read by Lee Smith but had never read anything about Fitzgerald's affair with Sheilah Graham. Thanks to the amount of research that the author did to write this book, both Sheilah and Fitzgerald came alive for me. I loved this book.

Sheilah is a famous gossip columnist in the 30s who has totally changed herself from the poor Jewish girl who grew up in a
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abdulia ortiz-perez
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
**Warning: this text may contain spoilers** I received this paperback for honest Review.

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Reading preference tends towards psychological thrillers and mysteries. I find that I don't need to have a connection with any of the characters in order to appreciate the book, when reading that genre. Not so with historical fiction, as I could not connect with The Par
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Andrea
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 - 4 stars. I like the historical fiction style and I loved reading about Sheilah Graham, who I had not known was F. Scott Fitzgerald's mistress. The book is well written and very well researched but I think it lost some of the momentum around halfway through and at times I got tired of the repetitious cycle of F. Scott Fitzgerald's alcoholic binges, Sheilah being embarrassed and 'abused' (verbally) and then taking him back and doing it all over again. On the other hand, that is basically w ...more
Nicole Swinson
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
By Lily Shield a young orphaned Jewish girl who grew up in an orphanage in England. Lily marries at a young age and changes her name to Sheilah Graham and makes her way to Hollywood..
The era is 1930 Hollywood and Sheilah Graham has become very popular gossip columnist, covering all of the juicy dirt on Hollywood stars. At a party one evening Sheilah meets F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald at this point in his life was struggling to stay sober and writing his next novel and also dealing with his w
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Marisa
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, net-galley
Since reading THE GREAT GATSBY in high school I've loved F Scott Fitzgerald. His dynamic personality and glimpses into his own life through his novels has always intrigued me. I am fascinated by Zelda and the intricacies of their marriage. I knew that their marriage was open during her years in the sanitarium and it is comforting to know during those years he was not alone. To learn of his daughter and his relationship with others made me more interested.

I love this era , the roaring 20s and ol
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Linda
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been some time that a novel is such a great read that I got lost in it amidst all the distractions on the news. To be transported to a world of Hollywood, rags-to-riches, F. Scott Fitzgerald, romance and secrets is a luxury. What's juicier than a hidden past? What's more compelling than a self-confessed gold-digger turned success turned hidden lover? Sheilah Graham is the girlfriend who keeps making bad decisions with men. She's the girlfriend who survives a terrible childhood. She's the wo ...more
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In ANOTHER SIDE OF PARADISE (Harper), Sally Koslow brings to life the tender, torrid tale of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Hollywood love affair with the Gatsby-esque Sheilah Graham, a gossip columnist and remarkable self-invention. After four books rooted in the present—including the international bestseller, THE LATE, LAMENTED MOLLY ARX and her debut, LITTLE PINK SLIPS, an insider’s view of the magazine ...more