Is there a sub-genre for novels best accompanied by gin? Is now*.
01. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald / Gin Rickey
02. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell / Southside Fizz
03. The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison / The Botanist (straight from the bottle)
04. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith / Tom Collins
05. Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss / Italian Greyhound
06. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh / Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonic
07. Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn / Gin Fizz
08. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James / Gin** & Tonic
09. Shall We Dance? by Maggie Alderson / Gin & It
10. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler / 6th Street Fizz
*seems I choose gin quite often as an appropriate book pairing…
**pains me to include this book. I reckon while they might have been happy for the initial sales boost, the mob at Hendricks now rue association with FSoG (because: crap book).
I can’t add to your list off the top of my head but C19th English fiction was full of gin-soaked whores (with hearts of gold, of course!). Don’t think gin then was quite as smooth as it is now!
Love your list! I’ll have to keep these drinks in mind next time I pick up any of these titles (save #8) 😉
Ha! This list is great 😀
This is brilliant – I can’t believe I was unaware of this genre! I await the section in Waterstones…
I’m perturbed that my gin of choice is associated with FSoG, I didn’t know this, having failed to make it through a full paragraph of the book. I may have to follow your example and head towards The Botanist 🙂
Very clever! I don’t tend to notice what people are drinking in books… am trying to remember what my fave gumshoe (Spenser) drinks….
I do believe I enjoyed a gin & tonic or two whilst reading The Last Painting of Sara De Vos during my last holiday escape – how clever of me 🙂
Very clever indeed. And perfect book for a beach read.
You definitely have the most original category! Thanks for sharing your favorites!
Here’s my Top Ten: Strong Girls and Strong Women in Literature!
Very very clever ! 😀 (saw that word used in comments…) So original list!
Haha, I loved this. And The Great Gatsby categorized as gin-lit is spot on!
I’d like such a sub-genre! Great Gatsby and Z are a ‘must be accompanied by any alcohol’, be it gin or other. Those are alcohol fuelled stories, so we not read being fuelled by alcohol 😀
One day we’ll sit down for a Southside Fizz together.
Ha ha — I don’t drink so I wouldn’t have the faintest idea what goes well with gin 🙂
Answer: everything! 😉
The Gimlet is featured in Chandler’s “The Long Goodbye”.
`”They don’t know how to make them here,” he said. “What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats the martini hollow.”
I can verify this. It makes a great accompaniment to the novel is you don’t mind a drink that’s a little sweet.
Definitely a new genre! Brilliant!
J’adore this list. But really, gin is so delightful–what doesn’t it go with?
You’re right, of course!
nice topic 🙂
Book for a gin martini?
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