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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, while literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald's career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author, desperate to make money penning scripts for the silver screen, is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous Miss Graham, a woman who exposes the secrets of others while carefully guarding her own. Like Scott's hero Jay Gatsby, Graham has meticulously constructed a life far removed from the poverty of her childhood in London's slums. And like Gatsby, the onetime guttersnipe learned early how to use her charms to become a hardworking success feted and feared by both the movie studios and their luminaries.

A notorious drunk famously married to the doomed "crazy Zelda," Fitzgerald fell hard for his "Shielah" (he never learned to spell her name) , a shrewd yet soft-hearted woman - both a fool for love and nobody's fool - who would stay with him and help revive his career until his tragic death three years later. Working from diaries and other primary sources from the time, Sally Koslow revisits their scandalous love affair, bringing Graham and Scott gloriously alive in this compelling page-turner saturated with the color, glitter, magic, and passion of 1930s Hollywood and Sheilah's dramatic transformation in London.

About the Author

Sally Koslow

Sally Koslow is the author of THE WIDOW WALTZ, her recently released fourth novel, which Library Journal recently called "page-turning" and "well-written," and SLOUCHING TOWARD ADULTHOOD: How To Let Go So Your Kids Can Grow Up, now available in paperback, which has been optioned by NBC for sitcom development.

Sally's second novel, THE LATE, LAMENTED MOLLY MARX, became a besteller in Germany (ICH, MOLLY MARX, KURZLICH VERSTORBEN) as well as a Book Pick by Target, who selected her third novel, WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, as an Emerging Writer Book. Her debut novel, LITTLE PINK SLIPS, was inspired by her long career as the editor-in-chief of iconic McCalls Magazine, which was taken over by Rosie O'Donnell. Her books have been published in a dozen countries. Most are available on Kindle as well as in audiobook form.

Sally often writes essays and articles for magazine including More, O, the Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Ladies Home Journal; Good Housekeeping and Reader's Digest as well as websites including the Huffington Post, Next, and Grandpaents.com. She teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute, helps to facilitate writing pitch conferences with New York Writers Workshop and works independently to help aspiring writers polish their manuscripts and book proposals.

To arrange a book club visit, inquire about independent writing coaching online or in person, or just to say hello, please contact Sally via her website: www.sallykoslow.com, on Twitter: @sallykoslow or her Facebook Author Page, which she hopes you'll "like."

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