Our book for October is Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald's follow-up novel tothe Great Gatsby. It is his fourth and final completed novel. In 1932, Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, was hospitalized for schizophrenia in Baltimore, Maryland. The author rented the "la Paix" estate in the suburb of Towson to work on this book, the story of the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a promising young psychoanalyst and his wife, Nicole, who is also one of his patients. It was Fitzgerald's first novel in nine years, and the last that he would complete. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Tender Is the Night 28th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
The book is, in a way, Fitzgerald's answer to his wife Zelda's book, Save Me the Waltz. So, for extra credit, you can read Zelda's book too, and we can discuss them both!