Set in North Carolina, this book is very loosely based on The Great Gatsby. JJ returns to Pinewood, building himself a giant house that looks out over the town. Ava dated JJ in high school, but is now married to Henry. She is desperate to have a baby, but has suffered numerous miscarriages. The book's main focus is on Sylvia, Ava's mother, who seems to lack any sort of self-awareness. The book gives a snapshot of a dying town, but that makes the book seem overcrowded with whole chapters devoted to characters that have no reason to even be in the book.