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The Litchfield County TimesThe parallels between the literary classic "The Great Gatsby" and Robert Crooke's new book, "Sunrise," are obvious. Most obviously, both are prototypical American tales that take place on Long Island's lavish East End. But under the surface, each deals with complex ethical and moral concerns of characters hoping for reconciliation during this country's more restless eras. According to Mr. Crooke, paying tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald's signature piece was not his intent. "The [Gatsby comparisons] kind of developed over the course of multiple drafts," explained Mr. Crooke. "I knew there was a similarity there with Long Island and its locale, but as I was writing it and redrafting it, suddenly I felt one of my favorite books coming to the forefront. I did it subconsciously, at first, but if I'm going to pay homage to someone, why not one of my favorite authors." "The Great Gatsby," of course, is a tale of the celebratory "Roaring 20s," in which the elite prospered. On Long Island, narrator Nick Carraway watches as little attention is given to the laws of prohibition, or for that matter, morality. Written more than 80 years ago, it has since become standard text in undergraduate English classrooms across America. Following a similar arc, "Sunrise" is mostly situated in the same locale, but flashes back to a different time-the turbulent 60s and 70s. The story begins in present day Paris, post-Sept.11, as the narrator, American expatriate and recovering alcoholic Stephen Dahl, tries to deal with his home country's recent tragedy. Shortly afterward, he finds himself back in his suburban New York home, called there by the death of his former best friend, whose widow happens to be anex-lover of Stephen's. From there, readers are brought back to his youth and learn of a past laden with complex questions of personal and national responsibilities.