Daisy Buchanan's Daughter
She was born during the Jazz Age and grew up in Paris and the American Midwest after her father's death on the polo field and her mother's later suicide. As a young war reporter, she waded ashore on Omaha Beach and witnessed the liberation of Dachau. She spent the 1950s hobnobbing in Hollywood with Marlene Dietrich and Gene Kelly. She went to West Africa as an Ambassador's wife as Jack Kennedy's Camelot dawned. She comforted a distraught LBJ in Washington, DC, as the Vietnam war turned into a quagmire. And today? Today, it's June 6, 2006: Pamela Buchanan Murphy Gerson Cadwaller's 86th birthday. With some asperity, she's waiting for a congratulatory phone call from the President of the United States. Brother, is he ever going to get a piece of her mind. "Who could have predicted the daughter of Tom and Daisy Buchanan would find herself, at the age of 86, a crotchety, irreverent, foul-mouthed blogger living in Washington, DC, nursing an obsession for Kirstin Dunst? Or that her life would intersect, scandalously, with Lyndon Baines Johnson? Or that Nick Carraway would find religion? By the time you finish reading this trippy, hilarious, brilliant meta-memoir of a novel, you may need a refresher in 20th Century history to parse fact from fiction." Susan Coll, author of Beach Week, Acceptance and Rockville Pike. There beyond the groves of West Egg, in a secret corner of Gatsby s mansion, is an unmarked door onto the loony American century of this dazzling novel. Once again Tom Carson commits an extravagant act of imagination -- magnificently written, and as seditious and blindingly smart as it is irresistible and laugh-out-loud fun.