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The house that ate the Hamptons : a novel of Lily Pond Lane
Brady, James, 1928-2009.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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247 pages ; 25 cm
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"Thomas Dunne books."
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As another glorious season begins in the Hamptons, two perils menace the gracious old resort's elegant ambiance and its cast of rich and famous. The first threat comes in the form of Congressman Buzzy Portofino, a politician who bares a striking resemblance to New York City's fair mayor, Rudy Guiliani. The second is the ongoing construction of a private home so enormous, that alarmed locals and the press are calling it The House that Ate the Hamptons. Can anything be done'? Beecher Stowe and his stunning sometime love Lady Alix will do everything they can to get to the bottom of it all -- rubbing a few elbows along the way, and always making time for a nice glass of DP.

Author Notes

Journalist and author James Brady was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 15, 1928. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1950. During the Korean War, he served in the Marine Corps and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V for a firefight against the Chinese army on May 31, 1952 in November 2001.

He held numerous jobs in journalism including the publisher of Women's Wear Daily from 1964 to 1971 and writer of the celebrity profile column In Step With for Parade magazine for almost 25 years. He also wrote numerous fiction and nonfiction works including The Coldest War (1990), Further Lane (1997), The Marines of Autumn (2000), The Scariest Place in the World: A Marine Returns to North Korea (2005), and Why Marines Fight (2007). He died on January 26, 2009 at the age of 80.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Just in time for the beach, Brady is back with another over-the-top rendition of life in the Hamptons, that haven for the rich and famous on the eastern end of Long Island. As in Further Lane (1997) and Gin Lane [BKL Je 1 & 15 98], Beecher Stowe and his inamorata Lady Alix, who writes for Rupert Murdoch, do their best to cope with multiple emergencies. The house in the title is indeed a monster (not unlike a planned residence currently bedeviling the New York courts). But that's not the only problem Beecher and Alix face. The Hamptons are host to Hollywood impresarios, Middle Eastern potentates, an oil wildcatter, a politician with his eye on the White House, and even architect Howard Roark and his biographer, Ayn Rand. Obviously, Brady believes in poetic license; mixing together all kinds of characters, living and dead, fictional and real, he whips together a lively souffle, light as a feather, with little redeeming social importance--the perfect beach read. --Mary Carroll

Publisher's Weekly Review

Now an old hand at ribbing the glitteratis antics, Brady (Gin Lane, Further Lane) has concocted another Hamptons-based roman clef based on in-crowd lifestyles. Inspired by the real-life media fallout from the recent construction of a monstrous Hamptons mansion, this novel chronicles the efforts of one Long Island community to protect its insular, rarefied lifestyle against the excesses of the nouveau riche with grandiose pretensions, and those who jump on the bandwagon of self-righteous risistance. Congressman Buzzy Portofino reads New York City Mayor Giuliani) decides to get tough on Hamptons sin, focusing on a Texas oil billionaire (possibly a phony cover for the true Arab investors) whos threatening to build the most obtrusively gargantuan private home in the U.S. The narrator, columnist Beecher Stowe, and his media savvy Tina Brownlike British consort, Her Ladyship Alix Dunraven, join forces with a panoply of neurotic characters whom Brady depicts without a shred of subtlety. Among them, theres the Sam Goldwyn/Woody Allen-ish movie director Sammy Glique and his 19-year-old Asian-American girlfriend, Dixie Ng, whose Southern accent is transliterated into annoying prose. Also joining the action are the late Ayn Rand, alive and well, partnered with her principled architect character-come-to-life Howard Roark; Kurt Vonnegut Jr., whose real-life Hamptons protest inspired this book; the ubiquitous George Plimpton with his tape recorder at the ready; and even Martha Stewart is available for a cameo when shes not writing, broadcasting, putting up preserves, filleting a salmon, fermenting grapes... or thatching a roof. These celebs and their rich and famous counterparts writhe through a convoluted, over-the-top plot that reads more like a gossip column than a novel. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved