Roundup of West of Sunset Reviews


“I can only thank Stewart O’Nan for bringing this version of this writer to me in such a way.  And only Stewart O’Nan, with his meticulous care and precision he brings to the page, could have done it.  Bravo!”

- Elizabeth Strout, Basler Zeitung

More Reviews of West of the Sun

Paste Magazine
The Buffalo News
Entertainment Weekly
The Washington Post
HuffPo Books
Chicago Tribune
The Boston Globe
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
USA Today
LA Weekly
The Seattle Times
The Stranger
Washington Times
Cincinnati CityBeat
Tuscaloosa News


Washington Post Video: Book World Editor Ron Charles speaks with bestselling author Stewart O’Nan

The Washington Post Book Club presents an exclusive interview with author Stewart O’Nan as he discusses his latest novel and Book Club fiction pick for February, “West of Sunset” with Book World Editor Ron Charles. Leading up to the interview, Book Club members had the opportunity to submit questions to O’Nan about “West of Sunset” and some are addressed in the conversation.

Learn more about The Washington Post Book Club and join the conversation surrounding monthly picks in fiction and nonfiction online.

Read the review of Stewart O’Nan’s “West of Sunset” in Book World.

2/24: Washington Post Book Club Chat

Stewart will be chatting with Book World Editor, Ron Charles in an exclusive video interview on Feb 24 about The Washington Post Book Club’s fiction pick for February, West of Sunset. Readers are invited to submit their questions for Stewart using‪ #‎WestofSunset‬ in the comments section on the Facebook page and over Twitter.



Two More Reviews of West of Sunset


From The New York Times Book Review:

It’s Zelda Fitzgerald, whose mental breakdowns had taken her to an asylum in Asheville, N.C., who gives the novel depth and poignancy. The book begins with Fitzgerald visiting her on their 17th wedding anniversary, just before heading west. The woman he sees, in her late 30s, is hard to recognize as the Zelda of legend. She is “pinched and haggard, cronelike, her smile ruined by a broken tooth.” After moving to Hollywood, he pays several visits back East, each time noticing how Zelda has changed: She has gained weight, her hair has been dyed an unflattering brown, her frumpy clothes are hospital donations. He monitors her for signs. Is she stable or is she once again seeing the Archangel Michael? They pretend to each other and to themselves that they might actually live together again. O’Nan is most convincing when he conveys the heartbreaking guilt Fitzgerald feels about having left Zelda behind in so many ways.

From Tuscaloosa News:

‘West of Sunset’ is a Fitzgerald tale

by Don Noble

Sophisticated, witty remarks and entertaining anecdotes are always welcome, but O’Nan’s real achievement in “West of Sunset” is not the story, exactly. O’Nan gives us, convincingly, Fitzgerald’s state of mind: his remorse over past foolishness, his determination to succeed at screenwriting, even though it did not come naturally to him, his desperate need to redeem himself as a fiction writer and to create for his life, in the theatrical sense, one more act.We see him absorbing, day after day, the feel, color, mood of studio life, the telling details for the Hollywood novel which was to launch his comeback. “The Last Tycoon” had as protagonist the bold, innovative producer Irving Thalberg, who had died in 1936 at 37 years old and whom Fitzgerald admired hugely.

If he could just get it finished, Scott believed, “The Last Tycoon” would be his masterpiece.

It would have been, too!