Such Great Heights (a novel)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“The easy life is sometimes the hardest life of all.”
The words rang false to seventeen-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. 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.

“I hope millions of people read your writing, it’s so damn good.” – Lana Del Rey, Multi-platinum recording artist (Interscope)


“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)

“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)

“Chris Cole has written a pop novel that moves about as fast as America crumbles, or: this book starts off with a gunshot and accelerates until its bloody climax… All the lessons we can learn from The Great Gatsby are here. But we’re riding backseat in a Maybach listening to Kanye and Jay-Z… Thrilling, real and yet utterly fantastic, Such Great Heights is as profound as it is entertaining and easy to understand.” –

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