This modern, gender-swapped retelling of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby follows midwestern Naomi as she summers in the Hamptons. Her butch best friend is back home in Chicago; instead, she spends her time watching fashion blogger Jacinta’s growing obsession with Delilah in a high-society party environment.
In Sara Benincasa’s contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.
Everyone loves a good scandal.
Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta’s carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.
Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa’s darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers.
Cis girls: Jacinta, Delilah, Skags (butch)
Lesbian/Queer/Bisexual: Jacinta, Delilah
Homoromantic/biromantic: Jacinta, Delilah
White: Jacinta, Delilah, Skags
Trigger warning: suicide/suicidal ideation, dead lesbian