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BOOKLIFE PRIZE QUARTER FINALIST 
A reimagining of The Great Gatsby from Daisy Buchanan's point of view.

"Introducing a feisty protagonist with a girlish charm, Sternberg’s book shifts the storytelling genius from Fitzgerald to Nick Carraway...The author writes with a poised composure that reads like a continuation of Fitzgerald’s prose...(and) reconstructs a timeless American novel by adding compassion to Fitzgerald’s superficial relationships. Rather than defining her characters by wealth, she strips her story of financial interest and focuses on romance and female empowerment. Her book offers a new perspective that alters how one perceives Fitzgerald’s characters. In Fitzgerald’s novel, Daisy acts as an ornament to the male species, yet in this book, the author gives her agency...A delightful portrayal of a female character claiming the story as her own, repossessing her own voice." BookLife Prize Contest     

"The thoughts and desires of Daisy Buchanan come to the fore in this well imagined novel. This is more than a retelling from a switch in point of view. The life of a pampered and beautiful yet deeply unhappy young married woman shows the dark side of the Jazz Age in a fresh and provocative telling, marked by some real surprises." Nancy Bilyeau, author of Dreamland.

"Libby Sternberg has created a new novel, based on the familiar plot, retelling The Great Gatsby from the point of view of a female insider. This reframing adds intriguing information, amplifying and recoloring the story. Daisy's vacuous life and her painful growth are portrayed with compassion and nuance. Well-written and totally engaging." Mitchell James Kaplan, author of Rhapsody.

"Few writers can craft a book that draws you in, and even fewer make you wish the story will not end. Libby Sternberg has written such a story...Sternberg has created a character that is fully fleshed out...someone in search of her destiny, as are we all." Karen K. Brees, author of The Esposito Caper.




Available this summer and fall from Bancroft Press: 
Daisy
by Libby Sternberg

No empty-headed fool, Daisy Buchanan tells her side of the story of that tumultuous summer in the 1920s when she reunites with her first love, Jay Gatsby. Unlike her cousin Nick's recounting, her version tells readers what was in the letter that Jay sent to her on the eve of her wedding to Tom Buchanan that almost had her calling off the ceremony, and who was really driving the car that killed her husband's mistress. Although she wishes sometimes she could be a sprite (akin to the flickering green light at the end of her pier), Daisy comes to realize that charting her own destiny means making hard choices, for herself and her precious daughter.