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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312266049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312266042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,959,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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
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More About the Author

The late JAMES BRADY commanded a Marine rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. For more than two decades, he wrote the "In Step With" column for Parade. He also wrote a column for Forbes.com. He authored eighteen books, among them several on the Marines, including the nonfiction Why Marines Fight and the New York Times bestselling novel The Marines of Autumn.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HeyJudy VINE VOICE on November 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am one of Mr. Brady's great admirers. A HAMPTONS CHRISTMAS, his latest book in what so far has been a series of four adventures reported by narrator Beecher Stowe, was a relief after the prior work, THE HOUSE THAT ATE THE HAMPTONS. A HAMPTONS CHRISTMAS confirms that Mr. Brady is an American treasure. In fact, this book screams "movie script," dropping every name that counts in East Hampton, the peculiar little town in which it is set. The story hinges on the most endearing underage heroine since Eloise at The Plaza, to whom she actually bears similarities in her worldliness and occasional cynicism. Along with this heart-stealing character are the regulars in the series, starting with the narrator, his paramour, Lady Alix, his father, the old OSS man, the Chief of the local Indian tribe, the requisite housekeeper, the head bayman....Well, that's the picture. Oddly enough, these characters will ring true to anybody who knows East Hampton. This is a town filled with contrasts, summer people and year-round, rich and poor, all of whom bump up against one another with a surprising degree of respect. Mr. Brady writes about the community with the perception that only an insider could possess, as well as with genuine affection. Rarely have I read a novel with a more authentic sense of place than A HAMPTONS CHRISTMAS. His descriptions of the physical beauty of this place are so lyrical that these descriptions, by themselves, would be reason to read A HAMPTONS CHRISTMAS even if the story were not compelling. The story is compelling, however; the premise is unique, the pacing is riveting and the ending is impossible to predict. Lots of laughs along the way, too: Watch some of the names. All of this combines to make A HAMPTONS CHRISTMAS a tasty Christmas treat that will leave the reader looking forward to the next book in the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Boomhower on December 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It was with eager anticipation that I picked up James Brady's new book "A Hamptons Christmas." However, I soon found that neither the story nor the narrative was especially satisfying. To me, there was no story, and I found myself in the peculiar position of not rooting for the protagonists. The writing seemed to be extremely simplistic and dull at times and tried to be sophisticated at other times. Neither style impressed this reviewer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book consists of page after page of uninteresting blabber, a jumble of words that say nothing and mean nothing. The author changes topics in mid sentence, I had no idea what he was talking about most of the time nor did I care to try and make sense of it. I put the book down a quarter of the way through it so I couldn't tell you if the author ever gets around to telling a story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on December 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When Beecher Stowe returns to the family home in the Hamptons to celebrate Christmas, little does he know his life will be turned upside down. It's not the arrival of his on-again, off-again lover Lady Alix Dunraven, nor the realization that his father, the Admiral, is beginning to slip just a wee bit....it is the small girl who arrives alone, and who captures his attention at the local bar. Young "Susannah" (one of her many names) arrives with a purse full of money, a platinum charge card, no visible adults to care for her, and the hope to enjoy a real Christmas, just like the one she has seen in Martha Stewart's magazine. The is also another purpose for her visit, one that has close ties with the Hampton community. Beecherand his family, various townspeople, and an assorted cast of characters set out to provide this 10 year old girl with a real Christmas, in spite of the fierce divorce being waged by her jet-set parents and their underhanded way of dealing with their only child. In the end, this young girl helps enrich the lives of the locals of the Hamptons {there is much disdain expressed for the come-lately new money, such as Puff Daddy, and the Perlmans}and mend a misunderstanding that threatens to tear the town apart. James Brady has managed to weave an engaging tale that combines the present, the names we all associate with the high life of the Hamptons, and the whimsy of a young girl discovering Christmas. A real christmas treat.
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