When we last checked in with Holly Peterson, she had just released her debut novel, “The Manny,” a book about a rich Upper East Side woman who has an affair with her male nanny. Her father, Pete Peterson, was still working at Blackstone, the firm he founded with Steve Schwarzman. Her then-husband, Rick Kimball, Jr., was still working at Goldman Sachs. Fast forward seven years and much has changed. The elder Peterson has retired. Holly and Rick are no longer together. Rick is no longer with Goldman Sachs, possibly on account of the “naked-themed” Halloween party and “series of” topless backyard barbecues, though perhaps simply because of his newfound passion for hangover prevention ventures.
Yes, much has changed. But, comfortingly so, much has stayed the same. For example, the subject matter of Holly’s latest book, which was a topic of discussion in the Hamptons this week and whose plot can apparently be summed up as “a lotta sex.” Plus! “A stock-fixing scheme.” Bloomberg reports:
Kuczynski, who’s married to private investor Charles Stevenson, asked Peterson if the husband character, Wade, was based on her ex-husband, Richard A. Kimball Jr., a former senior managing director at Goldman Sachs who is currently the chief strategy and growth officer of Accretive Health. Her answer: only to the extent that the woman he’s married to has, as she did, fallen in love with the idea of him. “He isn’t Wade, but he did provide fodder for what is love,” Peterson said. She then recounted her personal romantic history of attraction to “transgressive types,” like the “guy who smokes pot and still gets As.” She was usually exuberant and passionate for this type of person at the beginning of a relationship, and would later realize they didn’t have a lot to talk about…In one scene, an MBA student working as a prostitute is compared to a woman who has married for money. “When you marry for money, you work for it every day,” Peterson said. As an example, she mentioned the oversight required to maintain five homes…Peterson’s home in the Hamptons was a gift from her father, and includes a great room she has no idea what to do with, she said.
Now that Holly’s got two under her belt, what’s it gonna take to get Kimball to sit down in his home office and put pen to paper? And what does everyone think of “Rick Kimball’s Guide To Entertaining”?