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Stunning and beautifully crafted, Daisy is both a love letter to Fitzgerald’s original and a fresh and enriching take on the classic.

It has been many years since I read The Great Gatsby and I considered re-reading it before I started Daisy. Spending my time dissecting the differences and similarities and analyzing how the author chose to modify the story and why. In the end, I am so glad I didn’t. Instead, I decided to try to read this as a new story and see how it held up on its own.


Well, as you have probably guessed from my five-star review, it held up. Daisy is rich and modern version of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. In the endnotes, the author says that she tried to give us a “behind the scenes look” into the original story, and that is exactly what she did. She adds so much richness and complexity to the flighty and feckless Daisy Buchanan, she is transformed from the quintessential trophy wife into a real, living, breathing women with fears, passions, and a deep awareness of the confining walls she is allowed to live in.


Ms. Sternberg acknowledges that Gatsby’s Daisy is more of a shell than a fleshed-out character, but instead of faulting Fitzgerald as so many have for painting the main female character in such a flat and one-dimensional tone, she instead tells us that the Daisy in Gatsby was playing a part, the part of a doll-like “fairy.” Because the horrors of War and a global Pandemic, Daisy chose to hide behind the façade of a care free, fun-loving rich wife, and that is what everyone, including the narrator in Gatsby saw in her. All she allowed him to see. I think after the last few years, we can all relate to Daisy’s desire to escape the world’s horrors and just pretend everything is fancy dresses and champagne-fueled parties.


Ms. Sternberg also points out how restricted the lives of women in the 1920’s were. They had little to no autonomy both inside and outside marriage. For all of us who wanted Daisy to drop everything and run away with Jay at the first opportunity, we are asked to really think about how that would have worked in a time when women had so little control over their own lives. What would have happened to her daughter? Would her life with Gatsby really be any better than with her husband?


Needless to say, I love this book. It is thought-provoking and yet still easy to read. It manages to capture the tone and style of Fitzgerald while carving out a deep and rich story of its own. If F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel captures the quintessential roaring 20’s man in his Jay Gatsby, then Ms. Sternberg has crafted the perfect Daisy to compliment him. She is a real woman of her time, no longer just the green light and the end of the dock.

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About the author

Libby Sternberg is an Edgar finalist, a Launchpad Prose Top 50 finalist, and a BookLife quarter finalist. "Sloane Hall," her retelling of "Jane Eyre," was one of only 14 books featured on the Huffington Post on the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth. One of her books was bought for film. view profile

Published on July 27, 2022

Published by Bancroft Press

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Literary Fiction

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