Two Stewart O'Nan novels (hardback)
Two Stewart O'Nan novels (hardbacks). In "West of Sunset," O'Nan focuses on the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life as he struggled to start anew in Hollywood. The story follows Fitzgerald as he arrives at MGM, trying to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda, all the while working on "The Last Tycoon." O'Nan's paints an intimate portrait of the great writer Fitzgerald, who is in the throes of failing to hold it all together.
"Songs for the Missing" is O'Nan's look at small town life in northern Ohio, when college-bound Kim Larsen disappears. The novel opens like a thriller, but soon develops into a careful and close examination of a family tragedy.
Stewart O'Nan lives in Pittsburgh and roots for the Pirates, but secretly misses his season tickets at Fenway Park.