10 Great “The Great Gatsby” Retelling books

The Great Gatsby is a classic! I have probably read the book about four (4) times and it never gets old. There has always been magic attached to this book for me because of the Jazz Age setting. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote this classic in 1925 and since then there have been many books written retelling this Classic (and many spin-offs too).  Below are some of the best “The Great Gatsby” retelling and spinoffs books for your entertainment.   

If you have read any of them, let us know your thoughts and your recommendations!

1. Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel by Jillian Cantor

Publisher ‏ : ‎Harper
Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 2022
Pages: 368
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction

The short premise of the book is: Jillian Cantor revisits the glittering Jazz Age world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, retelling this timeless American classic from the women’s perspective. Beautiful Little Fools is a quintessential tale of money and power, marriage and friendship, love and desire, and ultimately the murder of a man tormented by the past and driven by a destructive longing that can never be fulfilled. 

2. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tordotcom
Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2021
Pages: 272
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre:  Fiction / LGBTQ+ Fantasy Fiction

The Premise of the Book: Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society―she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

Nghi Vo’s debut novel, The Chosen and the Beautiful, reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.

3. Nick by Michael Farris Smith

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company 
Publication date: January 2021
Pages:  305
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Classic American Fiction 

The Premise of the Book An epic portrait of a truly singular era and a sweeping, romantic story of self-discovery, this rich and imaginative novel breathes new life into a character that many know but few have pondered deeply. Charged with enough alcohol, heartbreak, and profound yearning to paralyze even the heartiest of golden age scribes, Nick reveals the man behind the narrator who has captivated readers for decades. 

4. JAY THE GREAT by Benjamin Frost

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published 
Publication date:	December 2020
Pages: 201
Format:  Paperback and ebook
Genre:  Fiction /LGBTQ+ Fiction

The Premise of the Book: In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, National Book In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY was first published, capturing the spirit of a decadent generation. Now nearly a century later, Benjamin Frost has delivered a modern retelling of the classic novel, one which honors the structure and scenery of the original, while shining a new light on its characters and themes. 

5. Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 2013
Pages:  131
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Teen and Young Adult

The Premise of the Book: There is a mysterious new student at Fitzgerald High, Jake Garret. He seems to have it all figured out. He looks like he just stepped off the cover of the J. Crew catalog, he is the best kicker the football team has ever had, and best of all, he hosts the party to go to every Friday night. All the guys want to be like him and all the girls want to date him, but Jake only has eyes for Didi, the girlfriend of alpha male and quarterback, Todd Buckley . As Jake’s friend Rick gets to know him, he at first admires him, then starts to like him, but soon grows to fear for him as he learns Jake’s dangerous secret. From beloved young adult author Gordon Korman, comes a new look at age-old themes about popularity, acceptance, and human nature.

6. Great by Sara Benincasa

Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperTeen
Publication date:	April 2014
Pages: 272
Format:  Paperback and eBook
Genre:  Fiction / Teen and Young Adult

The Premise of the Book: When Naomi Rye arrives in the Hamptons to spend the summer with her socialite mother, she fully expects to be miserable mingling with the sons and daughters of her mother’s mega-rich friends. Yet Naomi finds herself unexpectedly drawn to her mysterious and beautiful next-door neighbor, Jacinta, a Hamptons “It” girl who throws wild, lavish parties that are the talk of the town. But Jacinta is hiding something big, and events unfold with tragic consequences.

7. Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter by Tom Carson 

Publisher ‏ : ‎Paycock Press
Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2011
Pages: 628 
Format:  Paperback
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction 

The Premise of the Book “In this inventive and masterful novel, Tom Carson takes us inside the privileged post-Gatsby world of the iconic Buchanans, bringing to bear his exquisite and confident imagination as he presents the world of Daisy Buchanan’s daughter–a world no less fraught and socially dangerous than the one in which Fitzgerald s characters roamed. Carson’s skill with multiple voices brilliantly illuminates the kaleidoscopic sense of identity one invariably finds in a brittle milieu. 

8. Such Great Heights (A Novel) by Chris Cole

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Disembodied Poetics
Publication date ‏ : July 2013
Pages: 215
Format:  Paperback and eBook
Genre: Fiction 

The Premise of the Book:  Such Great Heights is a retelling of The Great Gatsby, by way of Social Network and Less Than Zero. Author, Chris Cole, puts a millennial wardrobe on the Jazz Age classic, mashing up the styles and imagery of Brett Easton Ellis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Green into a new and timely voice.

9. The Wasteland by Harper H. Jameson 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Level 4 Press, Inc.
Publication date ‏ : January 2021
Pages: 280
Format: Paperback and eBook
Genre: Fiction / LGBTQ+ Fiction

The Premise of the Book: The Wasteland is the untold story of T.S. Eliot, his secret struggle with being gay, the people left in the wake of his meteoric career trajectory, and the madness that helped produce his greatest work.

10. Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books
Publication date ‏ : January 2014
Pages: 64
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook and eBook
Genre: Fiction / Murder Mystery

The Premise of the book is: Interweaving the biographical story of the Fitzgeralds with the unfolding investigation into the murder of Hall and Mills, Careless People is a thrilling combination of literary history and murder mystery, a mesmerizing journey into the dark heart of Jazz Age America.

Hope these books bring you some ideas for your next reading!

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