Good Reading : May 2016
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING MAY 2016 38 A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald Natasha Lester Seemingly on the cusp of her engagement to her childhood friend Charlie, privileged debutant Evelyn (Evie) Lockhart struggles in vain to help a young woman deliver a baby on the banks of a river near her home in Concord, Massachusetts. In the wake of this tragedy, Evie is determined to pursue her ambition to become one of America’s first female obstetricians, even though it means defying her parents and resorting to desperate measures to finance her studies at Columbia University’s medical school. Evie is supported and encouraged in her quest for knowledge by banker Thomas Whitman, with whom she just might find herself falling in love. Set in Jazz Age New York, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald dramatically and effectively contrasts the institutionalised prejudices faced by pioneering female medical students with the glitz and glamour of the lavishly produced Ziegfeld Follies, where Evie struts the stage at night to make ends meet. Meticulously researched to reflect the rapidly changing social mores, exquisite fashions and the postwar euphoria of the Roaring Twenties, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald also examines the hypocrisy evident among men who keep mistresses yet frown upon women who think and act for themselves. Perth-based Natasha Lester has created one of those rare novels likely to captivate a wide readership while impressing the critics with a perfect blend of accessibility and literary prowess. ★★★★★ Hachette $29.99 Reviewed by Maureen Eppen of America’s first female obstetricians, even wide readership while impressing the critics WORDOFMOUTH Here you’ll find reviews of recently released fiction titles, reviewed by passionate readers like you. You can write your own reviews of any of the books in this section on our website and share your opinions with other gr readers. And check out our website for book discussion notes, teachers’ notes, first chapters and other book-related resources. Visit us at goodreadingmagazine.com.au. ★ Disappointing ★★ Worth a read ★★★ A good read ★★★★ Highly recommended ★★★★★ Outstanding RG Recommended for reading groups RATINGS About Natasha Lester Natasha Lester was inspired to write her latest novel from several sources, incuding a documentary that had a segment on the Ziegfeld Follies.