Introduction; Babes in the Woods; The Camel's Back; Bernice Bobs Her Hair; The Ice Palace; Winter Dreams; A Short Trip Home; The Scandal Detectives; A Night at the Fair; He Thinks He's Wonderful; The Captured Shadow; Forging Ahead; At Your Age; A Freeze-Out; A Letter from Zelda Fitzgerald.
Patricia Hampl is Regents' Professor of English at the University of Minnesota and author of several books, including A Romantic Education and I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She has won NEA, Bush, Guggenheim, Bellagio, McKnight, Fulbright, and MacArthur fellowships.
"Fitzgerald is a presence in St. Paul, a ghost who patrols his old neighborhood and keeps talking to us. He sits on Mrs. Porterfield's porch on Summit Avenue, smoking and talking about writing, and it is always that gorgeous summer just before he finished the book, hit it big, went to New York, married the girl. This lovely book sets out our claim on him. We have no Fitzgerald museum in St. Paul, no boyhood home restored--the family lived in apartments--but this book is the only monument he needs, his own stories, with historical notes, and Patricia Hampl's graceful shining essay for absolution, and Zelda's benediction." -- Garrison Keillor