The Last Green Light

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Pub Date 01 May 2024 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2024

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The Great Gatsby is known for the glitz and glamour of Gilded Age plutocrats; in The Last Green Light, the working people of Fitzgerald's novel get to tell their own, beautifully textured tale. Meet Jon Laine, a Midwesterner who captains one of the rumrunning boats that are the source of Gatsby's great wealth; enter a colorful netherworld of diner cooks, dump scavengers, secretaries, deckhands and car mechanics caught in the increasingly deadly conflict between organized crime syndicates, amid the murderous passions of caste-busting love. From movie stars to dark freighters, Wobblies to Harlem nightclubs The Last Green Light, like a jazz improvisation, riffs on a great American novel, creating its own, unique world in the process.

The Great Gatsby is known for the glitz and glamour of Gilded Age plutocrats; in The Last Green Light, the working people of Fitzgerald's novel get to tell their own, beautifully textured tale. Meet...


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2024 is the centenary of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic text, The Great Gatsby. As Foy's novel focuses on the working class characters from Gatsby's world, it's a particularly exciting time to be launching the book.

GM Foy will be doing readings across the northeastern and midwestern United States. Open to festival participation, interviews, and other events. 

Print copies available for reviewers and for giveaways. 

2024 is the centenary of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic text, The Great Gatsby. As Foy's novel focuses on the working class characters from Gatsby's world, it's a particularly exciting time to be...


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ISBN 9781771838870
PRICE $18.95 (USD)
PAGES 192

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The Great Gatsby and the Last Green Light are twins. The same story told by different people at opposite ends of the socio-economic spectrum. . The privileged Nick Carraway's point of view from Great Gatsby shifts in this book to Jon, a working man who met Jay Gatsby before his incredible wealth, the wealth he saw brought others power and permanence. Jon is employed by the dazzling and mercurial Gatsby and it is as though we, the reader, are more familiar with this viewpoint of an ordinary man, seeing gross waste, lies, assumed racial superiority and at the same time the seduction of such wealth and careless luxury which belies a fascination with the Beau Monde. Behind the shallow Jazz Age parties, champagne cocktails and elegant tailoring are the invisible men and women creating their boss's wealth through toil and dangerous undertakings. Nick Carraway's widowed Finnish cook from the original book gets a name and backstory and is seen dragging heavy baskets of crockery from Gatsby 's garden party to the house to earn enough to live, unseen by drunken, spoiled guests, The message in America is don't stand in the way of a rich man getting richer unless you want to get hurt- jump on board instead and try to get rich yourself, however immoral or illegal. This retelling weaves the same themes together but tells of the poverty and toil that underpinned the wealth and privilege.

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