Rent Tender Is the Night
Though he remains one of the most popular and widely studied of American twentieth-century authors, Fitzgerald is under represented on audiobook. Here, we present the only unabridged recording available of one of his major novels. When the young and naive Rosemary Hoyt comes to the French Riviera in the 1920s, she is bedazzled by the glamorous lifestyles of Dick and Nicole Diver and their high-society set. Yet, beneath this polished veneer, the lives of the Divers are fraught with complexity and anxiety. As their mysterious, problematic past resurfaces, the struggle to keep up appearances takes its toll, and their seemingly perfect lives begin to deteriorate with alarming rapidity. Overflowing with descriptive brilliance and lyrical power, "Tender is the Night" is also remarkable for the strong autobiographical element to the story. In depicting Dick and Nicole Diver, Fitzgerald clearly explores his own tempestuous relationship with his schizophrenic but brilliant wife Zelda.