The Popular Girl collects together 5 of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s lesser known short stories. Like his better known works The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon these stories are rich in character, with an elegant structure, and look at love and money, and how both gaining and losing each of them can have an impact on people’s lives.
‘The Popular Girl’ looks at the façade built up by Yanci Bowman, bought low and impoverished by her Father’s untimely death, and her efforts to impress Scott Kimberly, the wealthy and handsome man she has just met. She wants to prove to him that she is still ‘The Popular Girl’ he first met, making up friendships and parties that she can’t afford to go to.
‘Love in the night’ looks at the life of Val, and what it is like to half American and half Russian, and how this has affected his life, and falling in love, and how his parent’s marriage is not how he might have imagined it to be.
The remaining three stories ‘The Swimmers’,‘A New Leaf’, and ‘What a Handsome Pair!’ keep up the momentum and quality, with stories that are believable, and, as would be expected, very well written.
This is a collection that is well worth looking out for, to find some lesser known work by one of America’s undisputedly great 20th century writers.
9781843914037|Hesperus Press pbk 2005
The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015