The Summer We Read Gatsby

The Summer We Read Gatsby

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by Danielle Ganek, Justine Eyre
     
 

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A delightful comedy of manners about two sisters who must put aside their differences when they inherit a house in the Hamptons.See more details below

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A delightful comedy of manners about two sisters who must put aside their differences when they inherit a house in the Hamptons.

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Publishers Weekly
Ganek’s wispy story unfolds a tad too slowly for the audio medium; listeners may find their attention wandering as they wait for the slim plot about two sisters, an old house, and a missing painting to pick up the pace. But Justine Eyre’s delightful narration provides ample reason to tune in: she switches back and forth from practical Cassie to melodramatic Peck, from proper Englishman Hamilton to Scottish-burred Scotty, all with authentic voices, without missing a beat. Her lively performance injects much needed energy into the proceedings and makes this audiobook an enjoyable listen. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 12). (June)
From the Publisher
"Even though many of the novel's revelations can be seen a mile away, getting there is a fun, witty, and surprisingly moving trip." —Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
Cassie and Peck are half sisters reunited when their aunt wills them her summer cottage in the Hamptons. Cassie is meek and grounded; Peck is an impetuous wannabe actress. When the sisters take over the home, long used as an artist's refuge, they learn about each other's quirks as well as discovering some of their own. VERDICT A beach read for the literary set from the author of Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him.
Kirkus Reviews
Half-sisters reconnect with each other, and with Mr. Rights from their pasts, during the summer of 2008. Their Aunt Lydia, sister to the father who left Peck's mother for Cassie's, has bequeathed her rickety shack in Southampton to the two young women. "The situation," Peck declares with her usual drama, "is that you and I can't agree on anything." Cassie wants to sell Fool's House and head back to Switzerland, where she works desultorily as a journalist. Peck, a would-be actress living in New York, wants to hang onto the house as an accoutrement to the ultra-fabulous lifestyle she aspires to. She also wants to accept an invitation from Miles Noble, who broke her heart seven years ago, the summer she obsessively read and reread The Great Gatsby and pressed it on 21-year-old Cassie, who'd never read it. Surely it means something that the now fabulously wealthy Miles is throwing "a GATSBY party" and has invited them? Cassie, more sober than her flamboyant semi-sibling, doubts it but agrees to go in hopes of finding architect Finn Killian, who might know the combination to Aunt Lydia's locked safe. The guy she remembers as a distant older man turns out to be a sexy charmer, though Cassie is convinced against all evidence that he's "just being polite" as he pursues her throughout the summer. Peck, meanwhile, is dismayed by the vulgarity of Miles' ostentatious mansion, but comes to appreciate his sterling qualities as the season winds down with hints of the economic meltdown to come. There's absolutely no suspense about narrator Cassie ending up with perfect Finn, though she's amazingly obtuse about his interest, and Peck is made up of attitudes and tics rather than actual personality traits. Still, Ganek (Lula Meets God and Doubts Him, 2007) provides enough zippy one-liners, moderately vivid party scenes and adequately attractive descriptions of clothes to sustain a paper-thin plot involving a missing painting and an unwanted houseguest. Agreeable, predictable and forgettable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400165643
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
05/27/2010
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Elin Hilderbrand
What a charming book! Danielle Ganek's The Summer We Read Gatsby is a fully engrossing page turner filled with delightful characters and sumptuous details about one perfect July in the Hamptons. Like summer itself, this bewitching novel will leave you half in love and yearning for more. (Elin Hilderbrand, author of Barefoot)
From the Publisher
"Even though many of the novel's revelations can be seen a mile away, getting there is a fun, witty, and surprisingly moving trip." —-Publishers Weekly

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