Fitzgerald begat Homes?

Ali Smith, writing for The Guardian, says that A.M. Homes’ The End of Alice is the “postmodern flipside” of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and that Homes’ latest short story collection is “as lithe, grotesque, paradoxical and loving as any good Fitzgeraldian analysis of dream and consequence.”

I like Fitzgerald. I like Homes. But I have trouble seeing any deep similarities in their writing. Homes herself names Richard Yates as an influence.

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