Lost Dreams and the Daring ’20s in Therese Anne Fowler’s Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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The Book

I love when new books come out by my favourite authors and lately I’ve felt very spoilt for choice. I’ve just finished reading The Beast’s Garden, by Kate Forsyth; and it was every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be. Cookies inspired by that wonderful novel are coming up in my next post!

Another book I’m looking forward to is Natasha Lester’s A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald. It’s set in New York during the fascinating Belle Époque years. I can’t wait! Natasha is a lovely author I met through doing her wonderful Scrivener course, and she is such a great advocate for writers and authors, always helping to share knowledge and insights that she has gained through years of publishing experience. To prepare myself for her upcoming book, I thought I would read a novel Natasha recommended in her Book Chat series as a great novel set in the 1920s. The book came out last year and it’s called Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

The author, Therese Anne Fowler, was inspired to write it after she began investigating the true life story of Zelda Sayer, the daughter of one of Charleston’s most prominent judges at the turn of the century. Young and beautiful, Zelda enjoys all that life has to offer but she feels somewhat trapped by the expectations of her family to marry a young man from a ‘good Southern family’ like her own and join the ranks of other society wives. One summer, Zelda meets a young and ambitious writer – Scott Fitzgerald. The two start a sizzling affair which will take them from the dizzying heights of success to the edge of madness.

I really enjoyed this book; Fowler’s prose sparkles with wry humour and Southern charm. Told in the first person, we experience firsthand the intoxicating thrill of new love as Zelda and Scott begin to realise their destinies belong together. More interesting though is the way Fowler illuminates Zelda’s own ambitions and dreams to be a writer, and exposes the cruel hypocrisy that prevented women from occupying jobs which were not deemed socially ‘acceptable’.

If you love historical fiction set in the glamorous ’20s then you shouldn’t miss this book! And keep an eye out for Natasha Lester’s A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald, coming out later this year from Hachette.

The Cookies

For this theme, I thought I would try making little ‘flapper’ girl cookies – I had an oval cutter that would make a perfect face, and k thought adding a chic little hat would be a nice addition! Here are the steps, if you’d like to follow me and make your own flapper girl cookies.

You will need:

Oval/egg shape cookie cutter
Piping consistency royal icing tinted Ivory, Mauve, Egg Yellow, Super Red and Super Black (I use Americolour brand).
Flooding consistency royal icing tinted Ivory, mauve
Lustre dust in bronze

Tips 2 and 1.5 (PME brand)

Step 1.
Flood your cookie with ivory icing, slanting at an angle to make room for the hat. Fill in and spread with a toothpick. Set aside to dry a few hours.

Step 2.
Outline and flood the hat using mauve tinted icing. Allow to dry ten minutes.

Step 3.
Pipe a thin black band for the hand band.

Step 5.
Using the 1.5 PME tip, pipe the red lips onto the dried ivory icing. Add the eyes and beauty mark using a 1.5PME tip and black tinted icing.

Step 6.
Use a size 2 tip with yellow-tinted icing to pipe a small scroll or buckle on the hatband.

Step 7.
Using a fine tipped brush, paint the bronze lustre dust onto the ‘buckle’ to give it a shimmering effect.

That’s it!

I hope you have time to read or bake some cookies this week, and do check out Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.

4 Comments on Lost Dreams and the Daring ’20s in Therese Anne Fowler’s Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

  1. Natasha Lester
    August 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you Lauren! I love the flapper girl cookies, and the rest. Z was a great novel and so sad. All I could think as I read it was about the even more extraordinary things they could have done with less alcohol and less destructiveness towards one another. I had no idea Zelda was such a good writer too, because of course all we ever hear about nowadays is her husband. Great review, great cookies!

  2. Karen Comer
    August 13, 2015 at 9:49 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Lauren, I found your blog through Natasha Lester’s post. Good luck in writing and baking and parenting – I’m attempting all three, too – more writing and parenting than baking, though! Gorgeous cookies!

  3. Not Quite Nigella
    October 14, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    These flapper girl cookies are adorable! I love the saucy wink too 🙂


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