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 don't seem to be coming true. After moving from academic Cambridge to suburban San Diego, Jenny finds her biologist husband more interested in his transgenic mice than in her, she's fired from her steady job at the bank, and she can't locate her biological mother. Just when her life seems hopeless, Jenny stumbles onto the Institute of Affirmation, a quirky adult education center where every idea is a good one. With oddball courses such as Drawing Blindfolded, Homecooking for Pets, and Bad Habits Support Group, the institute really isn't Jenny's kind of place. Yet she finds herself returning there again and again. Could it be that the Institute of Affirmation, with its disarming director, Michael, has what she needs after all? The answer is yes!