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Publisher's Summary

Stonewall Honor recipient and two-time National Book Award Longlist selectee Anna-Marie McLemore weaves an intoxicating tale of glamor and heartache in Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix, part of the Remixed Classics series.

New York City, 1922. Nicolás Caraveo, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Wisconsin, has no interest in the city’s glamor. Going to New York is all about establishing himself as a young professional, which could set up his future—and his life as a man—and benefit his family.

Nick rents a small house in West Egg from his 18-year-old cousin, Daisy Fabrega, who lives in fashionable East Egg near her wealthy fiancé, Tom—and Nick is shocked to find that his cousin now goes by Daisy Fay, has erased all signs of her Latina heritage, and now passes seamlessly as white.

Nick’s neighbor in West Egg is a mysterious young man named Jay Gatsby, whose castle-like mansion is the stage for parties so extravagant that they both dazzle and terrify Nick. At one of these parties, Nick learns that the spectacle is all for the benefit of impressing a girl from Jay’s past—Daisy. And he learns something else: Jay is also transgender.

As Nick is pulled deeper into the glittery culture of decadence, he spends more time with Jay, aiming to help his new friend reconnect with his lost love. But Nick's feelings grow more complicated when he finds himself falling hard for Jay's openness, idealism, and unfounded faith in the American Dream.

Praise for Self-Made Boys:

"Anna-Marie McLemore cracks the Gatsby story wide open, breathing fresh life into these familiar characters with wisdom, honesty, and real tenderness. An all-time favorite—I was completely transported." —Becky Albertalli, New York Times-bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

A Macmillan Audio production from Feiwel & Friends.

©2022 Anna-Marie McLemore (P)2022 Macmillan Young Listeners

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Sparkling!

This story of a man who grew into a legend who grew into a tragedy has always intrigued me. Probably because the idea of inventing yourself within manhood was something that I related to deeply, as a trans man. This reimagining not only enriched the story of Jay Gatsby but also the romantic subtext I always saw on the page.

I think it’s a wonderful thing to be able to imagine yourself in stories, to read between the pages and provide your own reading of the text. But there’s something particularly magical to seeing yourself reflected back on the page, to relate deeply to the characters because you recognize their story in your own.

I cannot recommend this book enough and I thank the author for giving me the chance to look at this story and see hope and reinvention instead of tragedy.

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