The Green Hat

The quintessential roaring twenties novel, The Green Hat perfectly captures reflects the atmosphere of the 1920s—the post-war fashion for verbal smartness, youthful cynicism, and the spirit of rebellion of the “bright young things” of Mayfair. Iris Storm, femme fatale, races around London and Europe in her yellow Hispano-Suiza surrounded by romantic intrigue, but beneath the glamour she is destined to be a tragic heroine.

As a portrait of a generation traumatized by the first world war, trying to piece together their lives in a broken continent, this is a dazzling and beautifully written novel. Its sensational success when first published in 1924 led to a film adaptation starring Greta Garbo as Iris.