THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY by Danielle Ganek
By SMW Staff
THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY, by Danielle Ganek, author of the critically acclaimed Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, is a rollicking comedy of manners about what happens when an estranged family is brought together by the contents of a will. Half-sisters Cassie and Pecksland (Peck for short) convene in Southampton in July of 2008 where they have been summoned to the ramshackle home of their deceased Aunt Lydia. Lydia has willed her home, the dilapidated and forebodingly named Fool’s House (after a Jasper Johns painting) to the girls in equal shares. Now they must put aside their differences, which include their mothers, their temperaments, and their taste in men, and decide what to do with Fool’s House, a property neither of them can afford to keep. The two sisters spend the summer trying to understand their Aunt’s puzzling instructions to “seek a thing of utmost value” from within the house, with the added difficulty of navigating romantic entanglements with men from their pasts. It is a romantic, funny, camp, and feel-good story all at once. Set against the spectacular backdrop of a summer in the Hamptons, THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY is filled with fabulous parties, eccentric characters, and insider society details that highlight Ganek’s pitch-perfect sense of style and wit.
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