The words rang false to 17-year-old Charlie Middle when he first heard his cousin Maisey utter them between sips of her gold-flaked martini. But by the end of his summer in California, they were among the truest words he had ever heard.
Such Great Heights is a retelling of The Great Gatsby, by way of Social Network and Less Than Zero. Author, Chris Cole, puts a millennial wardrobe on the Jazz Age classic, mashing up the styles and imagery of Brett Easton Ellis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Green into a new and timely voice.
We are offered a ringside seat for the impossible love story of kid billionaire Joss Stember and media heiress Maisey Landing. Told in heartbreaking detail through the eyes of Charlie, we watch these young lovers as they fight against the ceaseless waves of the past in a passionate attempt to make their way toward the shores of the present. Battling their own demons, and the demons that seem to prey upon them at every turn.
Through the lens of recently graduated Midwest teen, Charlie Middle, we are afforded a rarefied glimpse into a lifestyle that is usually kept under lock and key. Charlie’s innocent summer internship in Silicon Valley quickly morphs into a crucible of excess and intrigue amidst the one percent of the one percent—fraught with star-crossed lovers, million dollar cars, 24-hour parties, high-tech billionaires and a pageantry of excess that would have put Sodom and Gomorrah to shame, let alone East and West Egg.
Such Great Heights is a novel for the Instagram generation, a generation for whom nostalgia is a stylish accessory and instant messages are sacred texts.
“in this gatsby-in-silicon-valley story, chris cole writes with elegance and urgency, with a nod to the past, a glance toward the future, and insight into the timeless.”
- Frances Lefkowitz Award-winning author of To Have Not (MacAdam/Cage)
“i hope millions of people read your writing, it’s so damn good.”
- Lana Del Rey Multi-platinum recording artist (Interscope)
“such great heights is a witty and inventive retelling of the great gatsby. set amidst the sumptuous and conspicuous decadence of contemporary silicon valley, this engaging novel very much confirms fitzgerald’s observation about the very rich: ‘they are different from you and me.’”
- Michael David Lukas Award-winning author of The Oracle of Stamboul(HarperCollins)