The Answer Is Yes

The Answer Is Yes

by Sara Lewis, Lewis
     
 

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In this heartwarming tale of one woman's search for love and belonging, Jenny Brown has three simple wishes: to enjoy a happy marriage, to have a job she loves, and to be reunited with her birth mother. But her wishes aren't coming true. Just when her life seems hopeless, Jenny stumbles on to the Institute of Affirmation, a quirky adult education center, where…  See more details below

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In this heartwarming tale of one woman's search for love and belonging, Jenny Brown has three simple wishes: to enjoy a happy marriage, to have a job she loves, and to be reunited with her birth mother. But her wishes aren't coming true. Just when her life seems hopeless, Jenny stumbles on to the Institute of Affirmation, a quirky adult education center, where every idea is a good one. 5-1/2 X 8-1/4.

Editorial Reviews

Linda Barrett Osborne
Is this a relentlessly positive novel that shamelessly foists fortuitous resolutions on the reader, yet nonetheless can bring a tear to the eye? The answer is 'yes.'
New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
In this heartwarming tale of dreams coming true when least expected, adoptee Jenny Brown focuses on the affirmative. She has but three desires: a happy marriage, a job she loves, and a reunion with her birth mother. Instead of fulfillment, she loses her job, feels shut out of her scientist husband's life, and can't find her birth mother. However, once she becomes involved with The Institute of Affirmation, an unusual adult education center, Jenny's life takes on a new direction. Caring friends and positive thinking make a difference, and Jenny discovers that dreams can come true. Lewis (Heart Conditions) has a gift of insight and empathy, and women of all ages will identify with her delightful young heroine. -- Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
Kirkus Reviews
A wacky novel filled with scarcely believable yet entertaining twists of fate from the author of, most recently, But I Love You Anyway (1996). When she's fired from a dead-end bank job, Jenny Brown prowls her bland suburb, searching for a fulfillment equivalent to that her preoccupied biologist husband Todd finds in studying the genetic properties of brain tumors. Her aimlessness works to her advantage when she wanders into the Institute of Affirmation, where a bevy of oddball classes are offered, including 'Home Cooking for Your Pet', 'Living Alone and Loving It', and 'Finishing What You Started.' Jenny sits in on an acting class and quickly gets hooked. The Institute's motto, 'The Answer is Yes,' becomes the new student's mantra as she makes a series of bold and somewhat improbable moves. Frustrated by Todd's seeming indifference, she choreographs a dramatic exit with her wise adoptive mother—only to discover that Todd never noticed she was gone. Then she agrees to direct a play for her acting class and finds herself welcomed into a community of quasi-misfits who provide the warmth that her marriage lacks. Given Jenny's inexperience, the success of the first play seems just a little too lucky. Casting, costuming, and choreographing roles for more than 30 actors does intimidate her, but her new friends—conveniently, seamstresses and handymen—pitch in to help whenever she's feeling overextended. Preparations, though, come to a grinding halt when the director falls off a ladder and ends up in the hospital, but the accident becomes the set-up for Todd, who rarely takes an interest in his wife, to overhear Michael (director of the Institute) professing love for her.

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Is this a relentlessly positive novel that shamelessly foists fortuitous resolutions on the reader, yet nonetheless can bring a tear to the eye? The answer is 'yes.'-the New York Times Book Review

Lewis reveals with gentle irony the gap between what people say they want and what they do.-Publishers Weekly

A heartwarming tale of dreams coming true . . . Lewis has a gift of insight and empathy, and women of all ages will identify with her delightful young heroine. Highly recommended.-Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780783803920
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Inspirational Series
Edition description:
LARGEPRINT
Pages:
407
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.01(d)

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Abigail Thomas
I greatly enjoyed this funny, wise, and refreshingly optimistic book by Sara Lewis. Would I tell all my friends? The answer is yes.

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