Jimmy Deane with an "e" is the quintessential orphan, surviving abandonment twice before his feet touch down in kindergarten with the help of his namesake, the late, great, James Byron Dean, and the quirky next-door neighbor, Gillis Lee Wainwright. Skolnick's novel is in turn, irreverent, funny, and sorrowful as she weaves a deft fable populated with a comic and tragic raft of colorful characters meant to be part cautionary tale for parents (and not just those within the adoption triad) and part social critique.
It's hard not to think of Forrest Gump, with all the real-world stars who show up in the story. A little magic, a little conflict, mostly just a fun trip.
A great book. Takes you in and makes you want to be part of the story. Witty, funny, edgy, unexpected, and heart filled!!!!!
Can't wait to see JD on the big screen with the rest of the characters.