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Happy birthday : a novel
Danielle Steel
Adult Fiction STEEL

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Best-selling novelist Danielle Steel was born in New York City on August 14, 1947. She spent much of her early years in France where as a child she was often included in her parents dinner parties giving her a chance to observe the habits and lives of the wealthy and famous. She was raised in both N.Y. city and Europe by her father. She started writing stories as a child and by her teens had started writing poetry. She attended and graduated from Lycee Francais de New York. She studied literature, design, and fashion design - first at Parsons School of design and later at New York University. Her first novel Going Home was published in 1972. Danielle has gone on to write numerous books, many of which are bestsellers like New YorkTimes bestselling book Winners. She also wrote children's fiction - authoring a series of 10 illustrated books entitled Max and Martha series aiming to help children face real life problems. In 2002 Danielle Steel was decorated by the French government as an "Officer" of the Order des Arts et des Letters, for her contributions to world culture. Her novels have been translated into 28 languages and are found in 47 countries. A number of her novels have been adapted into TV movies or miniseries. (Bowker Author Biography) Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors with over 430 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: "The House on Hope Street," "The Wedding," "Irresistible Forces," "Granny Dan," "Bittersweet," "Mirror Image," "The Klone & I," "The Long Road Home," "The Ghost," "Special Delivery," "The Ranch," & other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of "His Bright Light," the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death. Her latest novel is entitled Southern Lights. (Publisher Fact Sheets)

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main characters Valerie Wyatt
Female
Age: 60
Divorced
Worked hard to reach the top of her profession of interior design owns a penthouse; has had cosmetic surgery; afraid of getting older; celebrating her birthday; falls in love with Jack.
Interior decorator

April Wyatt
Female
Workaholic
Has no time for a love life; her restaurant takes up all her time and energy; celebrating her birthday.
Chef

Jack Adams
Male
Age: 50
Retired from the NFL twelve years ago; celebrating his birthday; falls in love with Valerie.
Sports commentator



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