by Charlotte Reads Classics
The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald’s second novel takes New York’s jazz age as the backdrop for an intimate portrait of a young marriage. Anthony Patch falls in love with Gloria Gilbert, and settles into a life rumoured to have been similar to the Fitzgerald’ own marriage. The couple have to navigate the fall from roaring twenties to the war time and depression of the 1930s, whilst struggling to maintain their decadent and alcoholic wilting aristocratic status. Glamour turned sour, this is a real gem.