“When you mix them all together, it’s mayhem,” author Holly Peterson told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book launch in her honor at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC for her latest tome it Happens in the Hamptons hosted by Constance Milstein, Tammy Haddad, Kathy O’Hearn, Hilary Rosen, Juleanna Glover, Carol Melton and Heather Podesta.
The mix refers to any summer community whether it’s Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket or Aspen or Amelia Island or other lake communities. “When you have a summer community, the difference between the classes is shown in Technicolor, especially in the summer. You often have a group of people, often one-percenters, who are coming in for the summer and invading with their second homes or their rentals, or certainly people with a lot more means who have enough money to vacation or own a second home. Then you have the whole rest of the local population. You have a huge clash of cultures, of classes, and of different backgrounds intermingling,” she explained.
“For any writer, that tension is our lifeblood. That’s what the book is really about. The book is about the class conflict that’s going on that is railing this country and politics and everything everybody’s talking about these days. But it’s wrapped up, hopefully, in a sexy, fun little present of life in The Hamptons with these ridiculous new money people who are worth half a billion dollars, these hedge fund guys, and old money people who have grown up in country clubs for generations, who have a lot less money, but are still by all measures well-off. Then there is a very vibrant local population of AV technicians and vintners and restaurateurs and teachers and painters.”