From Publishers Weekly
When British entrepreneur Paul Shaw goes broke and loses their house, his angry wife takes the kids home to her mother. Shaw heads for America, hoping to make a fortune with the $10,000 he salvaged from his bankruptcy, but instead loses it all in a series of comic misadventures that climax in his unsuccessful attempt to put together a movie deal in Hollywood. His British accent lands him a job as butler in a weird Beverly Hills household that turns out to be the home of the producer who killed his deal--a situation whose considerable comic potential is squandered on the predictable actions of stereotypical characters. (The producer makes movies but hates art; his wife is a dilettante; their children and all their acquaintances are overindulged louts.) Ross ( Rocking the Boat ) was himself a Beverly Hills butler for four years, but his humor, a blend of P. G. Wodehouse and the screwball film comedies of the 1930s, doesn't work as a response to contemporary reality. The novel essentially chronicles the usual series of social and family disasters, and it's no surprise when order is restored at the very end.
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