book cover of Beautiful Little Fools
Added by 14 of our members

Beautiful Little Fools

(2022)
A novel by

 
 
“Jillian Cantor beautifully re-crafts an American classic in Beautiful Little Fools, placing the women of The Great Gatsby center stage: more than merely beautiful, not so little as the men in their lives assume, and certainly far from foolish. Both fresh and familiar, this page-turner is one to savor!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

“Jillian Cantor’s shifting kaleidoscope of female perspectives makes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of Jazz Age longing and lust feel utterly modern. A breathtaking accomplishment.”—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue 

USA Today bestselling author Jillian Cantor reimagines and expands on the literary classic The Great Gatsby in this atmospheric historical novel with echoes of Big Little Lies, told in three women’s alternating voices.

On a sultry August day in 1922, Jay Gatsby is shot dead in his West Egg swimming pool. To the police, it appears to be an open-and-shut case of murder/suicide when the body of George Wilson, a local mechanic, is found in the woods nearby.

Then a diamond hairpin is discovered in the bushes by the pool, and three women fall under suspicion. Each holds a key that can unlock the truth to the mysterious life and death of this enigmatic millionaire. 

Daisy Buchanan once thought she might marry Gatsby—before her family was torn apart by an unspeakable tragedy that sent her into the arms of the philandering Tom Buchanan.

Jordan Baker, Daisy’s best friend, guards a secret that derailed her promising golf career and threatens to ruin her friendship with Daisy as well.

Catherine McCoy, a suffragette, fights for women’s freedom and independence, and especially for her sister, Myrtle Wilson, who’s trapped in a terrible marriage.

Their stories unfold in the years leading up to that fateful summer of 1922, when all three of their lives are on the brink of unraveling. Each woman is pulled deeper into Jay Gatsby’s romantic obsession, with devastating consequences for all of them.

Jillian Cantor revisits the glittering Jazz Age world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, retelling this timeless American classic from the women’s perspective. Beautiful Little Fools is a quintessential tale of money and power, marriage and friendship, love and desire, and ultimately the murder of a man tormented by the past and driven by a destructive longing that can never be fulfilled. 



Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Jillian Cantor's shifting kaleidoscope of female perspectives makes F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tale of Jazz Age longing and lust feel utterly modern. A breathtaking accomplishment." - Fiona Davis

"This is the untold story we've all be waiting for! Lush, beautiful, and dazzling, Jillian Cantor transports readers back to an era of hot summer nights, jazz music, and lounging poolside at one of Jay Gatsby's infamous parties. This book is an instant classic." - Shea Ernshaw

"Glittering with intrigue, full of fast-paced tension, and saturated in Jazz Age decadence, this powerful exploration of the women of The Great Gatsby will forever change the way you see the American classic--and perhaps, too, the role of women in all the stories we take for granted." - Kristin Harmel

"Both heartbreaking and satisfying, Cantor's gorgeous reimagining of Fitzgerald's classic novel gives each of its female characters the depth she deserves, by placing the women center stage. Jordan Baker and Daisy Buchanan shine as they navigate a gin-soaked summer rife with the dangers of male egos struggling for power. I could not stop turning the pages as I rooted for each of these women, balancing the tightrope of societal expectations while daring to dream. Jillian Cantor is a sparkling talent in the genre of historical fiction." - Meredith Jaeger

"Jillian Cantor beautifully re-crafts an American classic in Beautiful Little Fools, placing the women of The Great Gatsby center stage: more than merely beautiful, not so little as the men in their lives assume, and certainly far from foolish. Both fresh and familiar, this page-turner is one to savor!" - Kate Quinn

"In Beautiful Little Fools, Jillian Cantor gorgeously captures the complex lives of the women in The Great Gatsby, creating a delicate and intricate story that dovetails perfectly with F. Scott Fitzgerald's. It was engrossing to the final page." - Jill Santopolo


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Jillian Cantor's Beautiful Little Fools

Hardback Editions

February 2022 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
ISBN: 0-06-305125-7 / 978-0-06-305125-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

January 2022 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
ISBN: 0-06-305126-5 / 978-0-06-305126-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2022 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
ISBN: 0-06-321103-3 / 978-0-06-321103-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

February 2022 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2022 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2022 : Audio CD
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2022 : Audio CD
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2022 : Audio CD
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools Lib/E
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


January 2022 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Availability: Amazon   


January 2022 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

February 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


January 2022 : Australia Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Beautiful Little Fools
Author(s): Jillian Cantor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Availability: Amazon AU