Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Danielle Ganek
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.