Hello flappers and fellas! We’re onto week 2 of Jazz Age January, and I’ve been having a ball. I’m really enjoying reading a lot of different books about the jazz age, as well as your posts about your own reading!
Since last week’s linkup, I have read Carless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I hadn’t planned on reading Gatsby, but after reading 350 pages about its creation, I couldn’t help myself! I’m a bit behind on my reviews, though; this week, I wrote about last week’s reading of A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway.
Last week nine of you linked up posts!
1. I reviewed The Paris Wife by Paula McLaine. I enjoyed this novel, which is written in Hemingway’s first wife Hadley’s perspective. It was especially interesting to think about in relation to A Moveable Feast!
2. My Book Strings also wrote about The Paris Wife. She enjoyed reading about Hadley and Ernest’s marriage from Hadley’s perspective, and she appreciated the book’s neutral tone.
3. Tiny Library also (also!) shared her thoughts on The Paris Wife. Although she had a few problems with the writing and characterization, Sam thought this novel was a fun read that captured the spirit of 1920s Paris.
4. The Genteel Arsenal wrote about Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. Although she questions a few of the author’s narrative choices, Arabella enjoyed the book, and it left her wanting to read more about Zelda.
5. 52 Books or Bust wrote about Shorecliff by Ursula DeYoung. Although this novel is set in the early 1920s, Tanya was disappointed that this family drama didn’t have a pronounced jazz age feel.
6. Ciska’s Book Chest wrote about her love of jazz music! She shared an interesting, informative post about jazz’s development in New York and Chicago during the ’20s. She even included a fantastic jazz playlist for readers to listen to.
7. Kasia in Transit, Redux took a really interesting approach to this event. She examined racial representation in the fiction of the ’20s. Although much of jazz age culture — the music, the dancing — had roots in black culture, African Americans were largely ignored in the literature of the time. With this in mind, Kasia read “How it Feels to be Colored Me,” an essay by Zora Neal Hurston, published in 1928.
8. EM Castellan reviewed Dollface by Renee Rosen, a novel about a flapper who becomes entangled with two men who turn out to be mobsters. She thought it was an excellent piece of historical fiction, and she enjoyed reading this story from a female perspective.
9. Valerie R Lawson also wrote about Dollface! She was impressed by Rosen’s vivid portrayal of this rich historical setting and her ability to create complex family relationships. She is generously giving away a copy of this book!
Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week!
If you wrote a post for Jazz Age January this week, please link to it using the Mister Linky below. Please note that this link-up is only for posts that have gone live on or before Jan. 18. If you post something for JAJ after Jan. 18, please wait until next week’s link-up to share it. Next week, in addition to posting another link-up, I will do another round-up of the posts shared this week. As a reminder, the next link-up will be held next Saturday, Jan. 25.
What roaring ’20s reading did you do this week?