Much has been written about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s good times — the Gatsby years, the parties — but the aftermath is less examined. Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel, West of Sunset, imagines Fitzgerald’s last stages in life. Centered around his late-’30s Hollywood years, the writer see-saws between struggle and vindication while trying maintain some semblance of family.
If you took Downton Abbey, set it roughly a decade later, and threw in a murder mystery, you would get a film like 2001’s Gosford Park. Not every character has a direct representation in the other, but there are enough similarities to where I found watching the movie a delightful way to spend the evening.