New York Times best-selling author Holly Peterson held a book party for her new novel about class conflict in a playground for the world’s wealthiest people, it Happens in the Hamptons at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 17. The party was hosted by Tammy Haddad, Connie Milstein, Hilary Rosen, Heather Podesta, Kathy O’Hearn and Carol Melto.
Megan Murphy, Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, interviewed Ms. Peterson about the novel and its themes of ambition, romance, and the clash of social classes. Peterson also offers a few insights on the Trump family.
According to Peterson, the same class conflicts that exists throughout America is magnified in elite resort towns. “I think the class conflict that is roiling this country is shown in technicolor in a summer community whether it’s Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard or Aspen. There’s this amazing tension between the classes in these communities.”
Peterson continued, “I think there’s three worlds in my book. You’ve got the old WASP-y Protestants that run these country clubs and drink a lot and play tennis with their Exeter roommates and have money but don’t have serious money. That’s a huge amount of people in the Hamptons, golf clubs and tennis and all that. And then you have these super-rich accomplished New Yorkers, but you also have a very vibrant local community with AV technicians and land surveyors and teachers and biologists and vintners. You have all three worlds interacting all the time. You have them interacting on the beach, they have sex with each other, they play tennis together.”
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