Nick Carraway rents a home in the Long Island district of West Egg. He relocated from Minnesota to work in the bond business during the summer of 1922.
West Egg, home to Gatsby, is considered home to the "new rich," which is a stark contrast to the more aristocratic and conservative district of East Egg. Gatsby, characterized by his lavish parties and monstrous Gothic mansion, lives across the Bay from Nick's cousin, Daisy Buchanan, whom he previously met and fell in love with in Louisville. Gatsby uses Nick as a catalyst to arrange a meeting between Daisy and himself. After a series of tragic events, Nick becomes disgusted with New York and returns to the Midwest.