Stewart O’Nan’s award-winning fiction includesSNOW ANGELS, A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, LAST NIGHT AT THE LOBSTER and EMILY, ALONE. Granta named him one of America’s Best Young Novelists. He lives in Pittsburgh.
In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s new novel.
On Valentine's weekend, their lives on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion Fowler flee to Niagara Falls and book a bridal suite. While they sightsee during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances --- and save their marriage.
Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange emails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness the greatest comeback ever in sports, and the first Red Sox championship in 86 years. What began as a Sox-filled summer like any other is now a fan's notes for the ages.