It’s 1936 when orphaned 13-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital, a mental institution in Asheville, North Carolina, known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital’s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses cascading events that lead up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them. The author has created, through a seamless blending of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart – in which art and madness are luminously intertwined.
Moderated by Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager; presented in conjunction with Celebrate Zelda! 2017.