Fic­tion

Anoth­er Side of Par­adise: A Novel

  • From the Publisher
March 29, 2018

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.

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