I had a chance to read "The Summer We Read Gatsby" by Danielle Ganek. In case you have not heard of this book before, here is a synopsis (taken from Amazon.com):
"Two half-sisters search for the thing of utmost value in an inherited ramshackle Southampton cottage in Ganek's witty new novel (after Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him). The story is narrated by introverted, newly divorced, would-be writer Cassie, but the flamboyant center of the story is her older half-sister, Peck, a theatrical socialite determined to bring out her sister while thwarting Cassie's sensible plan to sell Fool's House, the cottage they've jointly inherited from their eccentric aunt Lydia. As they wonder whether the house's treasure is a Jackson Pollock painting, a first edition of The Great Gatsby, or a family secret, the sisters' contrasting personalities clash in hilarious ways. During a summer marked by parties that recall both the artsy milieu of Pollock and the posh extravagance of Gatsby, the two sisters run into long-lost loves, strange neighbors, aggressive real estate agents, and charming artist hangers-on as they ponder the legacy of their beloved Aunt Lydia and their relationship to each other. Even though many of the novel's revelations can be seen a mile away, getting there is a fun, witty, and surprisingly moving trip."
I thought this book was an easy, fun read. The characters were very likable and the story line was easy to follow. I would categorize this book as a simple summer read. It doesn't take much effort to follow along and although I don't see this book winning any literary awards anytime soon, I did think it was written well and it had an interesting plot line. I would recommend this as a perfect beach read for your summer vacation.
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