Late by Australian author Michael Fitzgerald is a heartwarming fiction story of overcoming fears and finding oneself in the process.
Zelda Zonk an American actress is a mess, a physical mess inside, and dealing with it while also starring in motion pictures. Drawn into the world of fads and beauty that is Hollywood she decides to leave the industry and moves to Sydney, Australia.
Living in a clifftop apartment with her two cats Zelda occurs an old typewriter. She was not the typical star you find in Hollywood and as she writes a book to herself, she begins to recount her life following her struggles.
Daniel is locked out of his friend’s apartment who he is house-sitting for. When he meets his neighbour Zelda, she is suspicious of this young man’s actions. He wins her over with his wit and charm. Despite the age difference, the pair form an improbable close connection and open up to each other about their lives.
The descriptive power of the narration was incredible, and I found myself thoroughly absorbed in the story as it progressed. Although it is a quick read it is deep, emotional, and thought provoking.
The main characters are realistic, and each has a distinctive personality. The dialogue between the friends is entertaining and endearing. I enjoyed how they were so different but both being orphans sealed their bond.
Zelda’s characterization is very well put together as she is forced to draw upon her own inner strength to vanquish terrible obstacles and hidden secrets. Facing who you truly are and the meaning in your life is never easy, but it is even more difficult when you’re an actress.
There are a lot of moving pieces and dramatic scenes in the novel. I particularly enjoyed the idea that choosing the right way to handle things and that everything you do and decide will affect every other aspect of your life, and of those around you.
The poem at the end is deep and profound which will tug at your heart. I find poems can capture the interest of any reader, even if they are not poetry lovers.
Late is a novel about deep love and connections on a visceral and emotional level that really draws the reader into the world and delivers a powerful story.
I recommend it to anyone who wants a well-written story with a message at its core.
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Lost by Michael Fitzgerald. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.