What is the girl to make of the giftbox that mysteriously appears in her closet the day after her 18th birthday? In it are a bag of candies, a pair of glasses, and a book with mostly blank pages. And what is she to make of the equally strange note that accompanies the gifts? It will take her years and many false starts before she finally finds the happiness the note suggests could be hers.


“Very puzzled but also very pleased, she opened the box and looked inside. There she did indeed find three presents. First, there was a bag of candies labeled ‘sweet dreams.’ Second, a pair of old-fashioned glasses – perhaps, she thought, her grandfather’s reading glasses. Finally, there was a very thin book, most of whose pages appeared to be blank.” (Age 13-adult)