James Patterson is acclaimed for his thrillers, detective series and countless #1 bestsellers, including the Women’s Murder Club novels (which were adapted into a television series that aired on ABC) and SUZANNE’S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS, a memorable love story. SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S, co-authored with children’s book writer Gabrielle Charbonnet, is the latest Patterson effort to have its audience buzzing. While reading, I theorized about which chapters were penned by which writer, or co-written and edited by both. The secret remains just that.
The gift of love is the basis upon which SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S develops a tender yet magical story. For anyone who has not experienced the wonder of an imaginary friend, the authors fill the pages with this real possibility. Imaginary friends appear and disappear, filling the needs of children who lack comfort and playful companionship. Jane Margaux, a lonely little eight-year-old girl, spends Sundays with her mother, Vivienne, window shopping at Tiffany’s jewelry store. But Vivienne, a successful Broadway theater producer, fills her time with production and boyfriends rather than Jane’s daily upbringing.
Michael --- who is in his 30s, witty, funny and handsome --- is Jane’s diligent imaginary companion. He is steady, and a rock for her insecurities. Their favorite treat together is a scrumptious double-scooped coffee ice cream sundae, heaped with drizzles of hot fudge sauce. Michael’s most painful day occurs when he has to bid the now-nine-year-old farewell and move forward to befriend another child.
According to the authors, children mature and forget about their past securities. Like the worn-out blanket dragged behind in “Peanuts” stories, the make-believe companion becomes a discarded memory. However, Jane carries Michael into her future when, at 31, she immortalizes his memory in her theatrical production Thank Heaven. The play is a smash hit and will be br