Nick by Michael Farris Smith

Since I’ve been more plugged-in to the world of literature, I’ve learned all about how copyrights usually last about 100 years for classics. The Great Gatsby has reached it’s end of copyright this year, and thus begins the awesome world of new related stories.

Thank you Little Brown and Company for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby’s periphery, he was at the center of a very different story-one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I. Floundering in the wake of the destruction he witnessed firsthand, Nick delays his return home, hoping to escape the questions he cannot answer about the horrors of war. Instead, he embarks on a transcontinental redemptive journey that takes him from a whirlwind Paris romance-doomed from the very beginning-to the dizzying frenzy of New Orleans, rife with its own flavor of debauchery and violence. 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.

This is written as a prequel to The Great Gatsby. As a reminder, Nick is the narrator in that story. This tale is all about his emotional journey through World War 1 and how it impacted others around him. I love when an author’s writing style matches the emotions of the characters. This book does an amazing job at that! It’s a dark read as it accurately portrays how WWI changed so many souls and shows how they are learning to be human again in the aftermath of it. This comes highly recommended if you love reading about this era and enjoy the classic novel.

4/5 Stars

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