Wintle is an early-40s Manhattanite living the nice, orderly life
of an urban single gay man with a great career, a close circle of
friends, and the growing sense that something is missing. Tiffany
is Ed's "thirteen-going-on-thirty" talented and troubled
niece whose single mother is at her wit's end dealing with her daughter.
So Ed invites Tiffany to live with him in New York City -- he's
the uncle she idolizes, and she the niece he adores. But can their
relationship survive their lives being turned upside down?
Breakfast with Tiffany chronicles their first school year
together. Tiffany is lovely, lively, and bewitching as only a teenage
girl can be -- decorating her room, obsessing about beauty products,
running up her cell phone bill, and writing poetry. She is a gifted
singer, and her uncle hopes to nurture her talent, even as he imposes
a strict schedule to keep her on the road to academic recovery.
Completely taken with his new charge, Ed experiences moments of
joy unlike any he's ever known.
But Tiffany can prove infuriating. As she battles the problems of
her past and the daily trials in her NYC public school, Ed tries
to help her hold onto her innocence, while he struggles between
being protective and controlling. With a penchant for befriending
all the wrong people, Tiffany also carries a great deal of emotional
baggage, including a distinctive problem with authority, a tendency
toward tantrums and melodrama, and a view of the world that is at
times too adult. Her troubles, as her uncle painfully realizes,
parallel many he himself faced as a young man, forcing him to come
to terms with his own struggles and disappointments.
Every parent will relate to the portrait of unconditional love painted
in Breakfast with Tiffany. As a family navigating the precarious
teenage years, Uncle Eddy and Tiffany must face situations that
are sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, and never less than