Lapham Rising

Lapham Rising

Book - 2006 | 1st Ecco ed.
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An eccentric writer living as a recluse on his own island with his talking dog Hector comes up with a scheme to take on his irritating new neighbor, a multimillionaire named Lapham who is building a grotesquely enormous new home next door.

HARPERCOLL

Harry March's troubles begin when Lapham, a self-aggrandizing, ostentatious multimillionaire, commences construction of a 36,000-square-foot house (complete with a cutting-edge air-conditioner that cools his entire eight-acre property) directly across the creek from Harry's island home in Quogue, in the Hamptons. Harry, an island himself, is something of a wreck and half-nuts, but principled. His wife has left him for an event planner in Beverly Hills; he cuts the polo player out of his shirts; and he speaks mainly with his dog, Hector, a born-again Evangelical and a capitalist who admires Lapham's monstrosity as a symbol of American progress. But to Harry, Lapham represents everything that is ruining modern civilization. So he sends daily notes to his nemesis by way of a remote-control toy motorboat, which read: "Mr. Lapham, tear down that house!" When his efforts fail, he turns to politics by other means.]

Lapham Rising follows Harry's progress during a single day -- through the strange habits of Hamptons social life; the power of local real estate (embodied in Kathy Polite, who advertises her agency by swimming naked from her boat every morning); the odd workings of his own mind, such as it is; and into his elaborate plot to devise a weapon of individual destruction with which to bring down Lapham and all the Laphams of the world. Of course, it backfires.



Baker
& Taylor

An eccentric writer living as a recluse on his own island with his talking dog Hector comes up with a scheme to take on his irritating new neighbor, a self-aggrandizing multimillionaire named Lapham who is building a grotesquely enormous new home next door, in a satirical debut novel of life in the Hamptons. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2006.
Edition: 1st Ecco ed.
ISBN: 9780060833619
0060833610
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 19 cm.

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JCLMeredithN Mar 13, 2013

Priceless story of a curmudgeon who believes his new neighbor's over-the-top house is the worst thing to happen this side of the 21st century. Harry and his talking Westie--a right-wing religious conservative dog--can't seem to agree on the right course of action in this tale of the ridiculous goings-on of the rich and oblivious in the Hamptons.

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