Modern Retellings of Classic Novels



It seems highly improbable that anyone read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and thought, “man, this would be great if it somehow involved fashion blogs”—well, at least until comedian Benincasa did. The book is Benincasa’s second (her first is the memoir Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom) and her first novel, and it creatively reimagines the world of The Great Gatsby in a contemporary context. The location stays on Long Island, but moves to the Hamptons, and Jay Gatsby is now a girl—and the creator of a popular fashion blog—while narrator Nick Carraway is now the slightly socially awkward Naomi Rye (Carraway, Rye, how cute!). Moreover, Daisy is a gorgeous young Hamptons resident who never seems to understand the power of her beauty. Yup, you read that right: Not only is Great a modern take on The Great Gatsby, it’s also one that places a same-sex relationship at its emotionally devastating core.