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In McCarthy-era America, the fight for freedom and justice is going to need real heroes—even if they’re fictional. Enter Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes…
It’s 1953, and the United States seems hell-bent on squandering the global goodwill earned in World War II, as Tailgunner Joe ramps up his red-hunting rampage in Washington and the fledgling CIA begins to flex its nefarious influence with dictator-propping and nation-building.
Into this moment of history wander Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes, refugees from Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, who begin a correspondence that leads to a close friendship—and widens to include a bizarre cast of characters from both the real world and the literary landscape.
These include such cultural and societal icons as Larry Darrell from The Razor's Edge, Alden Pyle from The Quiet American, Lady Brett Ashley and Robert Cohn from The Sun Also Rises (and their real-life nephew lawyer Roy Cohn and his good friend Davey Schine), French intellectuals Sartre and De Beauvoir, novelist Jacqueline Susann, music moguls Jerry Wexler and Ahmed Ertegun, and sex-change pioneer Christine Jorgensen.
When Jake discovers a CIA plot to launch a coup in France, the two must do their best to save their country from itself. And if they can have a good time while doing it, so much the better.
A wildly creative delight with an all-star cast drawn from both literature and history, Nick and Jake is “a rollicking good read” (Kirkus Reviews, starred).