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

By Becky Ferreira May 6, 2013

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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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