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Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston
Gatsby's Girl is a fictionalized story of Ginevra King, F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love and inspiration for some of his female characters, including Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. In Caroline Preston's novel, Ginevra and Fitzgerald meet at a dance when she is 16 and he is 19. He's immediately captivated by her and they communicated via the mail until they could meet again. When they did, her attraction for him had waned. She married an aviator and raises a pair of sons. She finds her life unfulfilling, and follows Fitzgerald's career, wondering how her life would have been different if she'd stayed with him. Like The Great Gatsby, Gatsby's Girl re-creates the textures of the era, but this time for a woman's perspective. BookPage says, "This strange and lovely story is incredibly real, at times feeling more like a biography than a novel. Though this is a work of fiction, it should be read by anyone interested in Fitzgerald's work, the times in which he lived and the women who inspired him to write stories that have touched generations of readers."