Author: Danielle Ganek
ISBN: 978-0-670-02178-9

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This book was the bright spot in my day.  What a good interpretation of the socialite crowd in New York.  So many things are still the same even though many decades have passed since Gatsby's time.
 
The heroines of this book are Cassie and Peckland Moriarity.  They are half sisters who live on opposite sides of the globe.  Peckland, or Peck, as her sister calls her is a method actress living in Manhattan and Cassie lives in Switzerland and works on a magazine.  She has always wanted to write a book but as yet has not.  They had the same father but were born to different mothers and they could not have been more different in personality. 

Cassie is very grounded and Peck is an actress with her mind on everything that will call attention to herself.  She is in love with the Gatsby 20's and her first love gave her a copy of "The Great Gatsby" when they were an item.  She can't seem to get the story out of her mind. 

The two sisters have come to the Hamptons for the summer to clean out and sell their late Aunts home.  She has left the house to both of them and suggested strongly that they sell it as it will be too expensive for them to keep.  They can't seem to agree on this at all.  Cassie wants to sell and Peck doesn't.  There is a very self-absorbed artist living on the property that they have trouble trusting.  Also, there is a little romance going with Peck and the former love who gave her "The Great Gatsby" and not to leave Cassie out, a very successful architect who used to live near the Aunt and is taken with Cassie as soon as he sees her again.
 
This book starts out with a GATSBY PARTY on a new estate with the instructions to the guests to wear white and the ladies must all wear hats.  Peck of course is all for it but Cassie thinks it will be a waste of time.  The author introduces many people, celebrities, designers and socialites into the story that could have all been guests of Gatsbys all those years ago.  Anyone who has read the book or seen the movie will recognize it at once.  Even though the years have gone by, apparently The Hamptons haven't changed all that much.  The writing is above reproach and the characters are so likeable, even the live in artist.  I love an author with a sense of humor.  I don't think we get that as much as we used to.  Good Luck Ms. Ganek.

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