Review of West of Sunset in Historical Novel Society


In 1937, author F. Scott Fitzgerald travels to Hollywood to salvage his writing career as a screenwriter. He’s considered a has-been – his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, was published in 1925 – and his rampant alcoholism doesn’t help. He struggles on with screenplays only to be replaced by other writers, then he must scramble for another job to offset his huge debts. His wife, Zelda, once the darling of the Jazz Age, has had several nervous breakdowns and is confined to an asylum back east. Scott visits her dutifully, but he’s worn out by her unpredictable nature.


One thought on “Review of West of Sunset in Historical Novel Society

  1. WEST OF SUNSET….superb work. Best ever view of subject FSF and primordial Hollywood..
    .A confirmation and in same vein and clarity as W. S. Saroyan, which few authors have equaled. O’ Nan not only equals Saroyan … he lacks Saroyan’s psychological baggage… Making mr. O’Nan’s novel informative and believable… A joy to read and better fun reading again… On third reading

    Thank you for a marvelous journey back in time

    A. C. Haig MD

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s