3.18 (3,314 ratings by Goodreads)
3.18 (3,314 ratings by Goodreads)

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Critically acclaimed novelist Michael Farris Smith pulls Nick Carraway out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this exhilarating imagination of his life before The Great Gatsby
Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby's world, he was at the centre 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 first-hand, 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 flavour 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 only from the periphery. Charged with enough alcohol, heartbreak, and profound yearning to transfix even the heartiest of golden age scribes, Nick reveals the man behind the narrator who has captivated readers for decades.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 230g
  • No Exit Press
  • Harpenden, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857304534
  • 9780857304537
  • 665,250

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Smith's novel is transcendent, a chilling portrayal of a man and world broken by unspeakable suffering but sustained, however feebly, by a spark of hope * America Magazine * Eminently readable * Times * Surprisingly charismatic Nick is a portrait of man carved in emotion that is unconventional, seductive, almost poetic in its narrative and beautifully crafted * Blue Wolf Reviews * Michael Farris Smith contextualises the actions of a central character in a seminal piece of literature, managing to potentially deepen that work without impinging too heavily on it * PS News * Skillfully written * Queensland Reviewers Collective *
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About Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author of Salvage This World, NICK, Blackwood, The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esquire, NPR, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Book Riot and numerous other outlets, and have been named Indie Next, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections. He has also written the feature-film adaptations of his novels Desperation Road and The Fighter, titled for the screen as Rumble Through the Dark. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.
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3,314 ratings
3.18 out of 5 stars
5 11% (359)
4 27% (883)
3 38% (1,244)
2 19% (635)
1 6% (193)
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