Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

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by James Patterson
     
 

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James Patterson has written a love story! -a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He's a writer, a house painter, an original thinker-everything she's imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a… See more details below

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James Patterson has written a love story! -a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He's a writer, a house painter, an original thinker-everything she's imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read. This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy's father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened-and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving. Written with James Patterson's perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas captures beautifully the joys of a new family even as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Wiggs
In an unusual departure, James Patterson gives us a quiet fable of love, loss and healing.
People
...clever, light, and as welcoming as an ocean breeze...
Be forewarned: This is not the James Patterson you're used to. The writer who's brought fans so many action-packed bestsellers is vying for a wider female readership. His latest book is a love story—right down to it's sugar-sweet center. Coming on the heels of the recently released 1st to Die, Patterson's first romance is narrated from the alternating points of view of two women in love with the same man. First up is Katie, a New York book editor who meets Matt when she decides to buy his first collection of poems for publication. Katie and Matt fall in love and date for almost a year—that is, until Matt abruptly ends their relationship, leaving Katie devastated and confused. Sad as this story may be, we're only halfway there. More tears and sadness follow when, one day, Katie unexpectedly receives a diary in the mail that has been sent to her by Matt. Written by a young stranger named Suzanne for her newborn son, Nicholas, the diary serves to explain the reasons behind Matt's mysterious decision. The book is rather cheesy, but might just make a perfect poolside companion.
—Jennifer Braunschweiger

(Excerpted Review)
Library Journal
Suzanne, a doctor, and her husband, Matthew, a house painter/poet, lived on Martha's Vineyard with their infant son, Nicholas. Suzanne kept a diary for Nicholas, chronicling their life together from the day she and Matthew met. When the story begins, Matthew has abruptly ended a deep and emotional affair with Katie, the New York editor of his collection of poems. He offers her Suzanne's diary as his only explanation, which she reads, searching for meaning. Well read by Becky Ann Baker, this book is as saccharine as The Bridges of Madison County, which Patterson alludes to in his text. Is he attempting a similar cry-your-eyes-out story, or does he mean this as a parody of the original? It's far from his usual thriller.-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For sheer genre-crossing audacity, you might think nothing could outdo John Grisham's season on a Mississippi farm (A Painted House) until you read this relentlessly throat-clutching love story from thrillermeister Patterson. The night Matt Harrison's editor Katie Wilkinson presents him with a contract for his new book of poems, she has even bigger news for him: She's pregnant. But she never gets to show him the silver rattle she's tucked into a drawer, because before she can share her news, he's gently but firmly walked out on her, leaving her high and dry with only a book for company. It's a diary Matt's wife Suzanne kept for their baby son Nicholas, and if Katie reads it, Matt urges, she'll understand better why he had to leave. The diary does explain a great number of things—how lowly Matt managed to enthrall a successful Boston physician like Suzanne, why Suzanne thought it would be a good idea to keep a diary for her infant child, why "we is always so much better than I," why "one today is worth two tomorrows," and how a propulsive storyteller like Patterson (Roses Are Red) can keep the pot boiling even without the help of Alex Cross and a high body count—but not why Matt left Katie. What's really important, though, is that Katie is on hand for a series of interludes to telegraph exactly when to laugh and when to cry for audiences that missed The Prince of Tides and The Bridges of Madison County. A moving, and fast-moving, fable compounded about equally of tenderness, apothegms, doggerel, endearments, and mush. The ending, which makes nonsense of Matt's departure, suggests how severely Matt may have understated the case in warning that "there will be parts that may be hard for you to read."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759525214
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
07/16/2001
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
26,389
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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