It was written in 1900, that awkward-time-for-books era when authors were all VICTORIAN MORALS, I DECRY YOU! And readers were all, LOLWUT? Theodore Dreiser was a naturalist, so he abandoned the whole Victorian idea of every tale having a moral and every sinner getting their due, and instead wrote about...real life? I am a fan of this (but I am also a fan of Victorian moralizing, truth be told, so I guess what I'm saying is I like All The Books). His realism led to Sister Carrie, the tale of a young woman sleeping around a good bit until she strikes it rich, being censored and not selling well at all (actually, his publisher tried to pull the publication because his wife found it "sordid").
ANYWOOT. So Sister Carrie is about...Carrie...who moves to Chicago to work and live and generally do Things In The Big City. Like you do. Then she meets a MAN with nice CLOTHES who buys her THINGS and...well, we know where this is heading, don't we? Then she meets ANOTHER MAN who ALSO HAS DOLLARS and her first MAN is all EEXXCCUUUSSE ME? [Spoilers below]
This is a VERY APPROPRIATE companion to The Great Gatsby. They're both ultimately about how chasing the American Dream is ultimately unfulfilling and probably impossible. Which is true. And I like books that are Truthy.
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