House That Ate the Hamptons: A Novel of Lily Pond Lane

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Twice as big as the White House, larger than Bill Gates' spread, it's The House That Ate The Hamptons!

Bestselling author James Brady returns to the scene of his Hamptons triumphs in this sly, rollicking romp— the year's ultimate beach read. You'll be delighted by this band of celebrities, scalawags, and eccentrics as they attempt to thwart the construction of a monster mansion on Sagaponack's pristine beach.

Columnist Beecher Stowe and his ...

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Overview

Twice as big as the White House, larger than Bill Gates' spread, it's The House That Ate The Hamptons!

Bestselling author James Brady returns to the scene of his Hamptons triumphs in this sly, rollicking romp— the year's ultimate beach read. You'll be delighted by this band of celebrities, scalawags, and eccentrics as they attempt to thwart the construction of a monster mansion on Sagaponack's pristine beach.

Columnist Beecher Stowe and his elegant amour Lady Alix Dunraven, gather a group of zany Hamptonites to unravel a mystery— who really owns the hated edifice that threatens to ruin the peace and beauty of the stately old resort of East Hampton? Among the pack are a mad architect, and a righteous Italian-American politico. But when the politician ends up with an arrow through his throat, the plot bubbles faster than Dom Perignon. From the stuffy Maidstone Club to the casual Blue Parrot hangout, Brady etches a brilliant mystery and a wildly witty portrait of one of America's most famous summer playgrounds!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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
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Brady's latest venture in Long Island la-de-dah shows Hamptonites in an uproar as a Texas oilionaire starts construction on the largest private home ever built in America. Semi-fictionalizing the real-life reaction to Ira Rennert's crazed little ocean liner of a mansion (real-life litigation goes to the Federal Supreme Court in May), the author depicts Chapman "Offshore" Wells somehow getting around the zoning board and putting up on Sag Pond a gargantuan eyesore with a 200-car parking garage, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a chopper pad, 30 bedrooms, a theater, a 17-acre formal English garden, horse barns, an indoor riding ring, seaplane mooring—and a large private zoo and aquarium, an indulgence that at novel's end allows a loose lion to roam the grounds. Brady, a gossip columnist for Advertising Age and Parade, as ever drops names massively and ferociously: George Plimpton, Salman Rushdie, Martha Stewart, Kate Capshaw, and Steven Spielberg all get their mentions, with local writer Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., leading the crusade against the monstrosity and threatening to move. Among the characters actually invented (though not always by Brady): narrator and snob journalist Beecher Stowe IV (a veteran of Gin Lane, 1998, and Further Lane, 1997), who still chases his soignée ladylove, Alix, who patterns her life after Pamela Harrington's; Presidential aspirant/Congressman Buzzy Portofino (read: Rudy Guiliani); and, most amusingly, Howard Roark, architect hero of The Fountainhead. (Roark's creator, Ayn Rand, also turns up among the living.) As it happens, Wells is fronting the construction of his little cottage for the real money folk: Kuwaiti Arabs led byFatoosh, a self-appointed messiah. Who planned the building? None other than the nephew of Hitler's grandiose architect, Albert Speer, seconded by Roark, who in the end still has his Fountainhead leaning toward dynamite and boffo explosions. Best read with a bottle of chilled brut and pint of beluga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312971205
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2000
  • Series: A Beecher Stowe and Lady Alex Dunraven Novel Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

James Brady is the author of Further Lane and Gin Lane, as well as the novels Fashion Show and Paris One. He is also the author of The Coldest War, a critically acclaimed memoir of Korea. His weekly columns for Advertising Age and Parade magazines were read by millions. He lived in Manhattan and on Further Lane in East Hampton, New York.

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