• The cover of the book Call Me Zelda

    Call Me Zelda

    In this novel, Erika Robuck looks especially closely at the mental illness Zelda experienced. In Baltimore’s Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Zelda was admitted in 1932 after various stints in sanatoriums around Europe, she meets Anna Howard, a nurse who becomes devoted to her. Anna begins to wonder if Zelda is the true literary genius of the couple, but as she tries to emotionally save Zelda, the boundaries of their friendship become strained, while Zelda’s devotion to Scott continues, complex and unreliable as he is. Narrated by Zelda’s nurse, the novel is historically accurate in its depictions of Zelda and Scott and deals with the art of madness, and the madness of art.