The situations that Oliver gets himself into are laugh out loud funny, but the reader comes away feeling that he has received justified payback. Do narcissistic people like Oliver tend to be foiled by their own behavior? It’s difficult to feel a great deal of sympathy for the true narcissists among us because in their subconscious we simply exist to serve as extensions of themselves. Even though we should understand that narcissism is a method for coping with subconscious feelings of worthlessness, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with finding a little bit of humor in the pratfalls of a person who believes that all of his problems are the other guy’s fault.
As a psychologist, how has your training helped you to write your books? Everyone would benefit from psychological training because we’re all obligated to deal with other people in our everyday lives. In a small town like Palm Beach, there’s nowhere to hide, so eccentricities become much more obvious, and they’re only magnified by the excesses of money and free time that are so common. With the benefits of my training, I’m able to enjoy watching all of the quirky people who live around me without becoming one of them.
What’s so interesting about Palm Beach? Why is it highlighted in your novels? I live in Palm Beach and it’s a wonderful town in many ways. My books are about people, though, and I could just as easily have set them in many other places. Every wealthy community has its own Worth Avenue, for example, so my focus is less on the high-end stores and restaurants that can be found there than on the behavior of the people who seek them out.
When you decided to write your novels, did you worry at all about how they would be perceived in your hometown? It’s funny, an audience member at a reading actually asked me, perhaps jokingly, if it had become necessary for me to hire bodyguards. I really haven’t had any problems, though, because the people who deserve to be satirized rarely have the degree of insight that would be necessary for them to realize that they’re the target of the satire.
He’s back! Oliver Booth, the man readers love to hate, returns in the hilarious new sequel to the award-winning novel The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury. Having learned nothing from his ill-fated attempt to cheat a wealthy widow out of her fortune, Oliver’s quest for wealth and power now leads him into the world of high-end real estate in New York, where he becomes embroiled in a battle with a socialite who is not all that she appears to be. Could Oliver turn out to be the hero of this story? Read Oliver Booth and the Evil Socialite and find out!
Praise for The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury:
“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
“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
“High society is rarely what it’s cracked up to be, but that doesn’t stop some people. The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury tells of the titular character’s overwhelming desire to live the good life, the life of the filthy rich. Opportunity presents itself and there are no lengths Oliver won’t go to mount himself among the most elite in the world. Hilarious and biting satire, The Misadventures of Oliver Booth is riveting and recommended reading.” — Midwest Book Review
Genre – Fiction / Humour
Rating – PG