"And I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby (1925) by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, set during the Jazz Age, depicts life in America during the Roaring Twenties. It chiefly deals with the life of a mysterious young millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and his fascination with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, the narrator, attends one of the parties hosted by Jay Gatsby. He is struck by the apparent absence of Gatsby during the party and the dark theories that his guests have about Gatsby's past. Nick and Gatsby become friends and Gatsby asks him to invite his cousin Daisy to one of his parties. Five years ago, in Louisville, Gatsby and Daisy were in love, but he went away to fight in the war and she married Tom Buchanan. Gatsby has now bought his house on West Egg so he could be across the water from her. This exciting story takes an overwhelming turn when Gatsby and Daisy meet again.