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"Gatsby's Girl is an extraordinary book, as elegaic and evocative as much of Fitzgerald's own work."—Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland, Paradise Alley and Strivers Row
"Fascinating...tantalizing...An entirely pleasurable tour-de-force."—Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife
"Though this is a work of fiction, it should be read by anyone interested in Fitzgerald's work."—Sarah E. White Bookpage
"A wonderfully elegiac novel that evokes the tenor and times of the 'Lost Generation' . . . marvelous."—Dorman T. Shindler The Denver Post
"Compelling . . . a sad, beautiful, erotically charged picture."—Dana Kletter The San Francisco Chronicle
"A fascinating rendering of the tragedy that was Fitzgerald's life...Highly recommended." Library Journal Starred
"Imaginative reconstruction . . . Thoroughly researched and persuasively written, this novel rings true."—Barbara Fisher Boston Globe
Posted May 17, 2006
Caroline Preston has produced an engaging read a story well told. Imaginative and well researched, the novel is based on the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love, Ginevra King, a daughter of plutocratic Lake Forest, Illinois, who 'threw him over' and became the inspiration for a range of characters in his novels, most notably the vain Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Through extraordinarily well developed characters, the author captures deftly the light-years contrast in gender roles and social sensibilities between Fitzgerald's era and today. The evocative attention to period detail envelops in shades of amber. And, as does Fitzgerald in Gatsby, Preston visits with success the themes of the decline of the American Dream, cynicism, moral corruption, materialism, upper class hollowness, but most importantly, the notion of the undeserved idealized perfection that Gatsby attributes to Daisy, inspired by Fitzgerald's reality-blind feelings for Ginevra King. Notable, however, is that the novel allows an imaginary opportunity for the reader to explore what happens in later life to a Daisy Buchanan. Is redemption in the cards? Perhaps not, but an age and experience induced softening of the hard edges produces a believable and satisfying evolution for this literary archetype. My advice: read it. It's a good one.
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Posted September 11, 2014
And the author already had a dsyfuntional life and wife and unhappy alcoholic life and wife without adding another to the large list of friends and spouses of the literary lost generation. only for the historical 1920s junkie skip the depression some did manage to make it through the 40s forever referring back to who ever they manged to meet or remember seeing in paris. one unhappy poor rich girl is like all the rest a bore
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Posted November 20, 2007
Posted July 31, 2006
I usually have trouble finishing almost every book that I start...just ask anyone in my book club! However, from the moment I picked up Gatsby's Girl I could not put it down. The characters are so engaging that you feel as if you are a part of their lives. Preston does a fantastic job of describing Chicago and Lake Forest...you are easily taken back to the early & mid-1900s, yet at the same time you feel as if it could all be happening today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.