A feel-good classic right from the bookshelf brings me to my final blog for the year of 2021. When I think of the cold winter months surrounding the holidays, I find refuge lounging by the fire with a steaming cup of herbal blend tea from Trader Joe’s, with my cat and a book in my lap. James Patterson and Cate Tiernan’s novel Sundays at Tiffany’s is a great holiday read packed with tiny elements of surprise.
Protagonist Jane Claremont is the daughter of a highly powerful Broadway producer and was neglected as a child due to this. Every Sunday, however, Jane and her mother would go to Tiffany and Co. to pick out jewelry and eat sweets in the restaurant. Everywhere Jane goes, she is accompanied by Michael, her “imaginary” friend, or so we think. Michael keeps Jane occupied while her mother- however unintentionally- ignores her for her occupation. Jane absolutely idolizes Michael and is honestly a little lovesick. One Sunday afternoon, Michael tells Jane that he must leave her, but she will see him again one day. Eight-year-old Jane is left heartbroken and dumbfounded as her closest friend drifts out of her life… For now.
The story picks back up as 30-year-old Jane has followed in her mother’s footsteps in the entertainment industry. To the untrained eye, she has a perfect life: good profession, an engagement to a decent man, beauty, and money. However, Jane feels all but perfect. She is tired, struggles with her self-esteem, and is very much out of love with the man she is to marry. But one day, Jane decides to make a guest appearance at the St. Regis hotel where she spots someone whom she has not spoken to in 21 years…and he is very much alive.
The story follows a linear timeline, beginning with Jane as a young girl and ending with her older in age. Though the setting in both the past and present proposes thoughts to other times of the year, the entire book takes place primarily in the winter months. The imagery of snowy New York City in the wintertime emulates a feeling of warmth and admiration for the beauty of winter. Sundays at Tiffany’s has a median page count of around 320 pages for the hard copy and is perfect if you are looking for a quick and lighthearted read. The stylistic nature of the chapters is almost as intriguing as the storyline: each chapter is only two to five pages long! It would be fair to assume that you could knock out 10 chapters a day easily!
As one of my all-time holiday favorites, I would rate Sundays at Tiffany’s a 4.5/5 stars! I deduct half a point off from the rating because it reads a little too easily to be a challenge, and when I say challenge, I am referring to stimulation of new ideas and thoughts surrounding more complex vocabulary and rhetoric. Other than that, it is one of my favorite wintertime reads, and I always look forward to reading it again during the holiday season.