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A Hamptons Christmas
Brady, James, 1928-2009.
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First edition.
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New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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211 pages ; 25 cm
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In a special Hamptons treat from the columnist for Parade and Ad Age, a young girl's Christmas delight is threatened when she discovers that her idol, Martha Stewart, will be spending her holiday season at her other home in Westport, Connecticut. Can anything be done to brighten little Susannah's Christmas?

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)

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Booklist Review

Fans of Brady's Hamptons series will find his latest gossipy, name-dropping romp just the thing for gloomy winter days. Beecher Stowe is planning a delightful village Christmas with Lady Alix when a poor little rich girl, going by at least three different names, appears. They finally discern Susan-Jane-Emma's true identity as the extremely wealthy bone her divorced parents are fighting over. Meanwhile, this precocious and well-read little miss is determined to achieve her goal: she has come to the Hamptons in search of a Martha Stewart^-style Christmas as promised by a magazine she found in her Swiss convent school. As preparations get under way, more strangeness ensues as rich old Marley's bones keep getting stolen from the local cemetery, and a P.I. disguised as a nun conducts prayer services on the frigid beach to bring back a lost fisherman. --Diana Tixier Herald

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mistletoe replaces summer tourists, and an archly Victorian tone commingles with the modern, status-rich trappings of winter in this pleasantly absurd holiday offering set during the off-season in one of the infamous playgrounds of the wealthy. The East Hampton village depicted here will be familiar to readers of Brady's previous novels set in that locale (Further Lane; Gin Lane, etc.). This time out, blue-blooded Beecher Stowe and his father, the Admiral, are preparing to enjoy a cozy Christmas with Beecher's British girlfriend, Lady Alix Dunraven, when their plans are interrupted by the arrival of a poor little rich girl, 10-year-old Susannah. Her parents unpleasantly divorced, the precocious SusannahDwho smokes Gitanes, wields a Mont Blanc, and speaks multiple languagesDis hoping to Parent Trap them back together. To that end, she's come to the Hamptons in search of the woman who makes everything nice, Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, Martha is back home in Westport, Conn. As the Stowes and Lady Alix endeavor to save Susannah's Christmas, a local tug-of-war over prime cemetery space, a nun who's really a private detective, and Microsoft all figure into the farcical mix. Loquacious narrator Beecher Stowe and the Admiral are reminiscent of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie, the fun being their shameless name-dropping. The plot is frequently reiterated, Brady engages in hyperbole to the point of silliness and many of the anecdotes the characters relate are of the "you had to be there" varietyDbut, of course, no readers were there. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved