The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury

David Desmond

Greenleaf Book Group Press,  October 2008

A satirical look at the inner workings of high society

Oliver Booth wants nothing more than to join the ranks of Palm Beach's high society. But with his arrogant personality, garish wardrobe, and incompetent stewardship of an antique shop filled with gaudy reproductions, he doesn't have a chance.

Oliver's luck takes a turnabout when the society doyenne Margaret Van Buren sends him and his assistant, Bernard, to Paris on a shopping spree to furnish her new estate. What ensues is a series of hilarious, Voltaire-esque misadventures as Oliver bumbles his way through the milieu of the elite.

A satirical look at the lengths some people will go to in order to enter the insular circle of the privileged, David Desmond's novel is a witty glimpse into a world few of us know.

paperback | ISBN: 9781929774562 | Publication Date: October 2008

"David Desmond has written a hilarious tale based on his insider's knowledge of life in Palm Beach and Paris. It should be a big success."
-- Donald Trump

"Can we talk? The Misadventures of Oliver Booth is filled with intimate details about the you-know-whos doing you-know-what in Palm Beach and Paris. You're going to love it! It's a fast and fun read!"
-- Joan Rivers

"A hilarious and sweet satire of Palm Beach so-called society, sprinkled with an equally critical and amusing look at the world of antiques. A must, fun read, even more so if you like Paris or wish to go!"
-- Florence de Dampierre, Author of French Chic and other books

"Insightful and wickedly funny, David Desmond writes with an insider's knowledge of Palm Beach society and the world of antiques. Beware of those Oliver Booths when designing your home -- they do exist -- and Desmond captures that persona beautifully."
-- Zaniz Jakubowski, Interior Designer to the Stars

"The Misadventures of Oliver Booth takes a lightly analytical, highly satirical look at the human flora and fauna of Palm Beach."
-- Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist

"The Misadventures of Oliver Booth is the perfect social satire and perfectly hilarious. We learn that great social pretension can lead to equally great disaster and one cannot help but lovingly follow the main character's slow-motion downfall. With an insider's view, David Desmond reveals the ever effervescent ins and outs of social mountaineering. Following the main character's journey from Palm Beach to Paris is like watching a beautiful car accident: Oliver Booth is the acquaintance one loves to hate and his story had us in stitches from start to finish. We certainly cannot wait for the continuation of the tale."
--Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega, Authors of Versailles, Chinoiseries, and other books

"As a New Orleanian, I instantly felt like Ignatius J. Reilly of A Confederacy of Dunces had been reincarnated in the form of Oliver Booth. I had no idea how much I missed Ignatius until I found myself finished with the book in two sittings. Now I miss Oliver! I can only imagine what he'll get into next. Hurry, David, we're waiting!"
-- Ti Adelaide Martin, Proprietor of Commander's Palace Restaurant