Novel Revealing Lives of Working People of The Great Gatsby Just Released in US, Canada

The Last Green Light, by NEA Fiction award-winner George Michelsen Foy, is now out in Canada, US; a 'beautifully written' novel that blends romance, adventure, and gritty details of the Jazz Age into an unforgettable experience of historical fiction
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NEW YORK - May 6, 2024 - PRLog -- THE LAST GREEN LIGHT, just released by Guernica Editions, is a fast-paced exploration of the dark subconscious of that quintessential American novel, The Great Gatsby. Though faithful to Fitzgerald's ecosystem, it is its own novel and can be read independently. Synopsis follows. Available at:




SYNOPSIS: Jon Laine, a rum-running Minnesotan tugboatman and disillusioned labor organizer, is hired by racketeer Jay Gatsby into the secret underworld that finances Gatsby's glitzy lifestyle. Thanks to their pre-WWI friendship from working together on a steam yacht, Laine gets to sample the world of beachfront nmansions, glittering parties, Harlem jazz and risky love affairs while living among the security guards and secretaries, diner cooks and deckhands, mobsters and mechanics who do the actual work of Gatsby's bootlegging empire. Jon's life seems rich—he is well-paid, and when not steering Jay's fast yacht to rendezvous with black freighters on Long Island Sound or playing poker in a waterfront diner with his fellow underlings, he is drinking fancy cocktails at West Egg parties and flirting with a glamorous Southern heiress. But Gatsby's empire is under threat, and the heiress dumps Jon after a brief amorous interlude in Manhattan.

In the shadow of deep personal loss from the 1918 flu pandemic, in the creeks and depots hidden in the great city's waterfront ashes dump, among the ruins of a labor movement in the process of being crushed by America's giant trusts, in the sinister plots and rivalries pitting the Gatsby / Wolfshiem syndicate against rival Mafia families, the story reaches its climax with a shootout against rum-pirates on Long Island Sound that leaves a crewman dead.

Shortly afterward, the wife of Laine's mechanic is run over by her millionaire lover's spouse, and Laine discovers the sinister truth behind Gatsby's mysterious murder: the mechanic shot Gatsby after being hoodwinked by an assassin from a rival Mafia syndicate into believing it was Gatsby who ran over his wife.

As Gatsby's empire crumbles, Laine gets a job on a (non-union) NY harbor tug, but soon leaves—having recognized not only his growing love for Wolfshiem's niece, but a renewed commitment to both the family and the labor struggle he left behind in the Midwest.

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