Lincoln MacVeagh Paisley Mischief

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Paisley Mischief

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Paisley Mischief is a delightfully droll satire set in the most exclusive private men's club on New York's Park Avenue. The Avenue Club is a place where rich banker-types meet in easy camaraderie and no one wears trunks in the pool, because when you're the right sort of person, you're supposed to have nothing to hide.

When a famously brash movie producer applies for membership, long-simmering tensions at The Avenue rise to a boil. Who is Max Guberstein and where did he come from? Why does he want to join and most important, will he get in? These are the questions on everyone's mind, but it's left up to Dante Penfield, the club president's feckless nephew, and his resourceful roommate Audrey to figure out the answers.

Offering an inside glimpse into the preppy world, this tightly plotted comedy rolls like a freight train toward its ingenious conclusion. Paisley Mischief is reminiscent of the best drawing room comedies with its hilariously drawn characters and their highly incompatible views of the world. You will be charmed!

Lincoln MacVeagh is a lapsed WASP. As a boy, he could not imagine getting on an airplane without wearing a necktie. Raised in London, he went to boarding school at Groton and studied philosophy at Harvard. He now lives in New York City. Paisley Mischief is his first novel.


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Lincoln MacVeagh is a lapsed WASP. As a boy, he could not imagine getting on an airplane without wearing a necktie. He went to boarding school at Groton, studied philosophy at Harvard, and since then he has worked as a busboy, a school teacher, a framing carpenter, a caterer, a journalist and a computer programmer. Paisley Mischief is his first novel. He lives in Astoria, Queens.

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“This puckish send-up of New York City's upper-brow society is by debut novelist MacVeagh who "prepped" at Groton and studied philosophy at Harvard. Wallace "Puff" Penfield is the president of the rich gentlemen's-only Avenue Club located on Park Avenue that only admits "the right sort of person." The affable old lush Tweedle Barnes assists on the admissions committee that decides by voting who will be accepted as the new club members. Puff's chief rival and nemesis, Dick Burkus, who heads the admissions committee, asks Dante Penfield, Puff's young nephew, to sit on the committee and fill in for an absent member. Max Guberstein, a powerful movie producer, wants to join the club and orders his harried personal assistant Cecil Biddle to lobby his friend Dante to facilitate Max's membership election. Meantime, the hottest gossip in town is a "naughty, tell-novel" titled Paisley Mischief published under a pseudonym and is thought to spoof the different club members, including the indignant Puff. Dick's girlfriend and freelance journalist, Rebecca Holland, investigates her leads to trying expose the author's true identity. Further stirring the pot is Dante's mother, Violet Penfield, arriving from England, much to his chagrin, and his resourceful girlfriend, Audrey Camp. There are shenanigans and high jinks galore in MacVeagh's entertaining and very much tongue-in-check debut.” –Publishers Weekly


This puckish send-up of New York City's upper-brow society is by debut novelist MacVeagh who "prepped" at Groton and studied philosophy at Harvard. Wallace "Puff" Penfield is the president of the rich gentlemen's-only Avenue Club located on Park Avenue that only admits "the right sort of person." The affable old lush Tweedle Barnes assists on the admissions committee that decides by voting who will be accepted as the new club members. Puff's chief rival and nemesis, Dick Burkus, who heads the admissions committee, asks Dante Penfield, Puff's young nephew, to sit on the committee and fill in for an absent member. Max Guberstein, a powerful movie producer, wants to join the club and orders his harried personal assistant Cecil Biddle to lobby his friend Dante to facilitate Max's membership election. Meantime, the hottest gossip in town is a "naughty, tell-novel" titled Paisley Mischief published under a pseudonym and is thought to spoof the different club members, including the indignant Puff. Dick's girlfriend and freelance journalist, Rebecca Holland, investigates her leads to trying expose the author's true identity. Further stirring the pot is Dante's mother, Violet Penfield, arriving from England, much to his chagrin, and his resourceful girlfriend, Audrey Camp. There are shenanigans and high jinks galore in MacVeagh's entertaining and very much tongue-in-check debut.” Publishers Weekly

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