Hardback Villa America / Liza Klaussmann.
Publication year: 2015
Publisher: London : Picador,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781447212089 (hbk.) :
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Cole and Linda Porter, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos - all are summer guests of Gerald and Sara Murphy. Visionary, misunderstood and from vastly different backgrounds, the Murphys met and married young, and set forth to create a beautiful world. They alight on Villa America: their coastal oasis of artistic genius, debauched parties, impeccable style and flamboyant imagination. But, before long, a stranger enters into their relationship, and their marriage must accommodate an intensity that neither had forseen.
471 pages ; 23 cm
Historical fiction based on Sara and Gerald Murphy who Scott Fitzgerald used as a basis for Nicole and Dick Diver in "Tender is the Night". The Murphy's built a house on the French Riviera "Villa America" where they entertained the "in crowd" of artists and writers of 1920's post war America. Sara wafts about in a haze of fashion and perfume organising the most amazing parties for these fashionista friends. The fictional character of Owen Chambers is introduced by LK to bring an added element to the story around the sexuality of Gerald whose relationships were rumoured but nothing was ever documented. No doubt well written and there is a certain sophistication to the work (makes me sound exceedingly pompous and a I don't mean to be) but what was most interesting about the Murphy's was who they knew. I decided after reading "The Paris Wife" I didn't like Hemingway much and his portrayal in this was just as obnoxious, I didn't like the Fitzgerald's much either. LK created a decent sto