It Happens in the Hamptons: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-05-09
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Holly Peterson
In the Hamptons, everyday people are as complicated and fascinating as millionaires...
When Katie Doyle moves across the country to the Hamptons, she is hoping to find summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with George, a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where societyâs one-percenters vacation alongside local, hardworking people whoâve lived in the Hamptons for generations. Though sheâs looking forward to her move, Katie is wary about mingling in her boyfriendâs East Coast elite circles. She soon discovers Southampton isnât all that it seems to be on the surfaceâand neither are the people who live there.
As George takes Katie on a whirlwind tour of country clubs, haute couture, and lavish events, Katie is amazed to witness sudden whims becoming dire needs, extramarital affairs blossoming right and left, and people purchasing friends and loyalties like a pair of shoes. Even the middle-class townspeople maintain determined faÃ§ades while maneuvering like sharks among the wealthy summer invaders.
The more Katie becomes immersed, the more she learns the stories of both the upstairs and downstairs, the upper crust and middle of the road. The combustion between classes becomes explosive as the summer tears on. Betrayals, a sexual predator, and a missing person lost in murky waves drive the reader on a racing Learjet through impossible twists and turns before landing at the shocking conclusion. When Katie meets Luke, a marine biologist and teacher, he makes her realizeÂ what it is she really wants, as she understands the life sheâs begun for herself is built on shifting Hamptonsâ dunes.