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The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel

The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel

Current price: $15.00
Publication Date: May 31st, 2011
Diane's Books of Greenwich
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Cassie and Peck are sisters, not that it would be apparent to anyone. Cassie was raised in Switzerland, growing up to be a journalist with a studious streak. Peck was raised in New York, growing up to be an actress thirsty for the limelight. They couldn't be more different. Their one common thread was Aunt Lydia and summers in her home in Southampton. Lydia's death has brought the girls together for one last summer, as her will left them the house in Southampton with the stipulation they spend the summer together. This is a perfect summer read, sprinkled liberally with delicious literary allusions.

Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
June 2010 Indie Next List


When two estranged sisters inherit a Hamptons beach house, they search for fortune but find love instead.

Cassie and Peck are half sisters with little in common beyond a shared last name--that is, until their beloved aunt Lydia bequeaths them equal shares of her ramshackle old cottage in the Hamptons with instructions to "seek the thing of utmost value" within it. Cassie and Peck fantasize about discovering a lost Jackson Pollock, or a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, as they revel in one last summer of fabulous parties and nostalgia.

From the author of Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, Danielle Ganek's The Summer We Read Gatsby, a perfect beach read, captures the spirit of New York's most glamorous resort town, and will captivate readers with its spellbinding blend of romance, mystery, and charmingly eccentric characters.

About the Author

Danielle Ganek is the author of the critically praised Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him. Formerly the creative director for Galleries Lafayette in New York, Danielle also served as editor at Mademoiselle and Woman's Day magazines. She lives with her husband and three children in New York City.

Praise for The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel

“You can hear the waves crashing and ice cubes tinkling as [these sisters] reunite with lost loves and try to mend their pasts.”—Glamour
“A smart, entertaining romp.”—People
“For the beach bag: Apply sunscreen before you lose yourself.”—Marie Claire
“Entertaining… unalike half sisters Cassie and Peck Moriarty inherit their aunt’s Southampton cottage and along with it a potent secret, some swoony romantic prospects, and several friends even Fitzgerald would have relished.”—Town & Country
“Fantastic.”—Design Baby
“A sophisticated comedy of manners.”—O Magazine’s Summer Reading List
“[The] kind of book that invites sunscreen stains… A tale of two half sisters’ summer of cocktails and cupcakes, theme parties and chiffon dresses—with a Jackson Pollock painting and a twinklingly handsome bachelor architect thrown in for good measure.”—’s Summer’s Hottest Beach Readers
“At the top of our must-read list.”—Tory’s Blog

"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