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10 Books You'll Like If You Love The Great Gatsby


Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

West and Fitzgerald were close friends in fact, West was so distraught by news of Fitzgerald's death that he crashed his car a day later, tragically killing himself and his wife. His work survives as a much grittier version of Fitzgerald's Jazz Age lyricism, and nowhere is that more clear than in his stunning breakout novel The Day of the Locust. In this no-holds-barred takedown of 1930s Hollywood, West perfects his trademark at finding humor in incredibly dark situations. West's other two famous novels, Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million, are both relentlessly funny in a "how am I laughing at this?!" way as well.

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