Five notable 2015 books by Pittsburgh-based writers
West of Sunset (Viking Penguin), by Stewart O’Nan. The veteran novelist (Last Night at the Lobster) drew raves coast to coast for this novel about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final, scuffling years, with its wonderfully imagined recreation of late-1930s Hollywood. West of Sunset offers an indelible portrait of a man, a time and a place: clear-eyed but still alive to the possibilities of romance and dreaming.
Here’s what the Pittsburgh City Paper said about West of Sunset:
Pittsburgh-based novelist Stewart O’Nan ventures into historical fiction with this portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, spending his final days in late-1930s Hollywood, hobnobbing with stars, falling in love and trying to write his way out of debt. It’s wonderfully entertaining and insightfully poignant.