Hemingway and Fitzgerald first immortalized this notable decade in fiction, but so many authors have followed their lead. So, give one of these more recent works a try. Then read Bryson’s book and decide for yourself whether fact really is stranger than fiction.
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Charles Lindbergh didn’t just fly across the Atlantic in 1927. He also swept young Anne Murrow off her feet and into marriage. Benjamin tells their troubled story from Murrow’s perspective.
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. Best-selling author Lehane weaves many of the personalities from Bryson’s book, including Babe Ruth, into his family saga featuring anarchists, prohibition, race relations and the 1919 Boston policeman’s strike.Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Okay, this book is set in 1920s London, not America. But the themes are familiar – a sensational murder, a shocking love affair and individuals swept up in a quickly-changing world.
The Girls at theKingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. This retelling of a classic fable casts the 12 princesses who can’t stop dancing as 1920s flappers in New York.-Rebecca Wolff, CE