What are the best 1920s fiction novels?

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    #1The Given Day

    The Given Day

    The Given Day is a book by Dennis Lehane that tells the story of of two families. The two families came from white and black races. It shows the struggles of families on those times. 

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    Jane Howard
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "Would've been decent if it weren't for all the race politicking."
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    #2The Other Typist

    The Other Typist

    The Other Typist is a book by Suzanne Rindell that tells a story about Rose, a typist who types all the crimes in the law court. Another typist will arrive and Rose will be obssessed.  

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    Johnny Hayes
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The Other Typist is a sensational classic novel. The story is intriguing and cleverly written. I most of all enjoy the style of writing and the feeling of transfer back to the time in the 1920's. Good book"
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    #3Bathing Beauties, Booze And Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery)

    Bathing Beauties, Booze And Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery)

    Bathing Beauties, Booze, And Bullets is the second book in A Jazz Age Mystery series written by Ellen Mansoor Collier. This historical fiction novel is about a reporter named Jasmine Cross. 

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    Harold Chapman
    Written on March 8, 2018
    ""Really a 4.5, this is the second in the "Jazz Age" series featuring Jasmine Cross. Set in the 1920s, it will appeal to readers who are interested in the age of prohibition and bootlegging. The potential for foul play and misadventure is ripe and Jasmine gets caught up in it all. Her boring assignment as society reporter is to interview the young women competing in beauty contests - the precursors of Miss America and Miss Universe. Not only are the beach gangs having turf issues, but it looks like prostitutes are being murdered. References to the suffragette movement and beginning of women's rights vie with the chauvinism of the time. As Jasmine tries to help her half-brother, keep secrets from James, somehow maintain a budding romance, and figure out how to be more involved in the real news, the bodies and twists continue to build. The plot is well-developed and the ending isn't predictable, but makes sense. Jasmine and the other main characters are likeable and their 'voice' is consistent with the time portrayed. I hadn't read the first in the series so it was a little hard to track all the characters - I'd suggest getting your feet wet with Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play." - "c-lu" [Verified Purchase]"
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    #4Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is a historical fiction novel by Therese Ann Fowler. It is a book inspired by the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, an American socialite and the wife of the renowned author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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    Samuel Mason
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is something my father turned me onto as he is an avid fan of this genre and I was blown away. The unique story arc and way that Therese tells the story is just amazing. The descriptions and use of prose is stellar and very unique and new, at least for me. I am a fan of this novel and plan on reading all of the other books in this author's history. ."
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    #5The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 

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    Harry Romero
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an amazing book. If you havent read this book it is imperative that you do so, its legendary!"
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    #6The Paris Wife

    The Paris Wife

    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain is a fictional romance book. This book was published in 2011. This book narrates a poignant plot on the interrelation of ambition and betrayal.

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    Roy Webb
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Paris Wife: A Novel that takes place in 1920s Chicago. It is about a fictional romance, and you will see the world through the eyes of Hadley Richardson. She finds Ernest Hemingway, and her life is about to change in ways that she never before imagined. You must read this book today!"
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    #7A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic coming-of-age book by Betty Smith that tells the story of a girl named Francie Nolan and her poverty-stricken family as they struggle to survive in early 20th century Brooklyn, New York.
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    Randy Bryant
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is a great old fiction novel. If you haven't read it before check it out."
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    #8The Secret Of Father Brown

    The Secret Of Father Brown

    The Secret Of Father Brown is a detective mystery fiction and the fourth book in Father Brown series written by G.K. Chesterton. It is first published in 1927. 

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    Fabiola Medina
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The 1920s has always been my favorite decade due to all the entertainment and lore it has provided. The Secret of Father Brown provides both those elements on this novel filled with mystery."
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    #9The Incredulity of Father Brown

    The Incredulity of Father Brown

    The Incredulity of Father Brown is a detective mystery fiction and the third book in Father Brown series written by G.K. Chesterton. It is first published in 1923. 

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    Stephen Greene
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Sherlock Holmes might get all the credit, but my favorite detective is Father Brown. He doesn't get as much respect in the media, but his more subdued, human way of solving mysteries, all the while secure in his faith in the Lord, Jesus, our Savior, really commends him to me."
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    #10The Making of Americans

    The Making of Americans

    The Making of Americans is a classic book written by Gertrude Stein. This book is first published in 1925 by Dalkey Archive Press. 

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    Jennifer Henry
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Boring!!! Really this is the only thing there is to say about this book. Boring! Boring! The plot is dull, the characters are lack luster. There is no excitement, it rambles on without really even going anywhere. I threw this book away. I've never thrown a book way before, so that tells you something."
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    #11Elmer Gantry

    Elmer Gantry

    Elmer Gantry is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. Elmer Gantry was published on October 1, 1998 by Phébus. Elmer Gantry follows an evangelist named Elmer Gantry.

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    Gregory Ford
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a pretty odd book, one of the weirdest I have ever read. I couldn't put it down, but I am not sure if that just my weird fascination, or if it's just that compelling. All in all, it's worth recommending, because it left and weird impression on me, and I would think about when I wasn't reading it. "

Summary

Best What are the best 1920s fiction novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Given DayBooks 37 Paid
2The Other TypistBooks 33 Paid
3Bathing Beauties, Booze And Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery)Books 19 Paid
4Z: A Novel of Zelda FitzgeraldBooks 15 Paid
5The Great GatsbyBooks 13 Paid
6The Paris WifeBooks 5 Paid
7A Tree Grows in BrooklynBooks 1 Paid
8The Secret Of Father BrownBooks 0 Paid
9The Incredulity of Father BrownBooks 0 Paid
10The Making of Americans Books 0 Paid
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