Tuesday, August 24, 2010
THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY by Danielle Ganeck (2010)
When half sisters Cassie and Peck unexpectedly inherit their beloved Aunt Lydia's summer place in the Hamptons, they spend a month together under the same roof for the first time in their lives.
The ramshackle Fool's House is full of separate memories for the girls but shared items that remind them of Lydia's big personality, including an abstract painting initialed to Lydia from J.P. (that might just turn out to be from the paintbrush of Jackson Pollock), and her hardcover edition of The Great Gatsby, her favourite novel by her very favourite writer, an obsession that enables Cassie to crack the code for the safe.
Supported by gregarious characters including a gay next-door neighbour, a quirky artist-in-residence (a Fool himself), fashionina friends of Peck, a rich former beau with vulgar and outlandish taste and a handsome and attentive architect, THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY will make you feel a part of the eccentric coterie and make you yearn for more of their company.
If you're looking for a fresh voice and a fast-paced engaging read that will have you also flipping the pages of Fitzgerald's American masterpiece, you really must get yourself a copy of THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY.