Few people realize that the last love of F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of America’s most iconic writers, was Jewish: Sheilah Graham born “Lily Sheil” to Russian-Jewish immigrants to Great Britain who abandon her to be raised in in a Dickensian Jewish orphanage. Another Side of Paradise takes the reader from the Jewish slums of London to Munich and Berlin during Hitler’s rise, and Manhattan and Old Hollywood as it shines a light on anti-Semitism on both sides of the Atlantic. This book chronicles the remarkable reinvention of Graham, a beauty who becomes a showgirl, is presented at court and, despite limited education, transforms herself into a reporter. She moves to the States, where she and Fitzgerald embark on a romance, enhanced by his eagerness to educate Sheilah. She, in turn, raises his consciousness about anti-Semitism and inspires him to make the hero of his final novel, The Last Tycoon, a Jew.
Their torrid relationship lasts until Fitzgerald dies in Graham’s apartment at 44. Though Graham marries three times, Fitzgerald remains the love of her life.