Three Rooms, Shared Bath
A Landlady in the Hamptons
by Eileen Obser
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 24 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 24 Aug 2021
Sunbury Press, Inc., Brown Posey Press
So here we are in the glorious Hamptons.
Diana Long is an attractive middle-aged widow who rents rooms in her East Hampton home, but she is feeling pressured to make changes in her life.
She loves the Hamptons, but should she sell the house and move on? Should she stay, perhaps settling for just one tenant or housemate, or only rent seasonally?
A retired librarian, Diana is an English as a Second Language tutor and enjoys volunteering for local organizations, like Guild Hall and the Horticultural Alliance. Three Rooms, Shared Bath shows the Hamptons up close, from Hampton Bays to Sag Harbor to Montauk, with real sites and scenes and events, such as Authors Night, the Hampton Classic, and the Shinnecock Indian Pow Wow.
The summer of 2008 is almost over. The Democratic Convention is in progress, with Obama taking the stage. The Beijing Olympics have just ended, and Hurricane Gustav is heading toward Louisiana. The world seems to be changing, but Diana feels she is standing still.
We meet and learn about many tenants, the good, the bad and the ugly, who have passed through Diana’s house. These include present tenants: Mark, a rude character in his twenties, Brett, a young architect and exceptionally nice guy, and Basia, a Polish beauty from hell, along with Diana’s good friend, Frank, her Mexican ESL student, Teresa, and others.
Should she make a change? Love enters the picture and that may alter all her choices, as love often does.
"Three Rooms, Shared Bath – what an intriguing title. This is a delightful book, following a widow who decides to rent out three bedrooms in her large house on eastern Long Island. She has interesting renters, some of whom stay for months. And, of course, she has those who are a pain in the neck. Some become life-long friends, and, as goes with the territory, some she needs to kick out sooner rather than later. You get a flavor of the Hamptons in the summer season. But the real joys in the book are the interactions between the landlady and her guests. I enthusiastically recommend this book as simply a pleasure to read." - James R. Callan, author, Father Frank Mystery Series
"With humor and candor, Eileen Obser reflects on the ups and downs, and many surprises, of renting rooms to people of all ages, backgrounds, and personalities. Landlords and tenants will get (a kick out of it!) - Debbie Tuma, Hamptons journalist, TV and radio host
“A landlady’s life is never boring (when she rents three rooms in her home). From this eclectic group of tenants, she meets some nice people, even forming a lasting connection at times. However, the antics of a few tenants are frustrating and ridiculous in this (eye-opening) book. Add an unwinding romance, vivid descriptions of the (exquisite) east end of Long Island, and you have a story well-worth reading. (Enjoy!)” - Toni Hallock Betts, author, Sag Harbor, New York
"Start this delightful tale with the map, noting Shinnecock Indian Reservation. If you live in the Hamptons, you'll love this book." - Elizabeth Robertson Laytin, East Hampton author and playwright