When Belle Prater disappears, Belle's boy Woodrow comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia. Woodrow's cousin, Gypsy, is the town beauty, but she has hidden sorrows and secrets of her own. She wonders how Woodrow can accept his mother's disappearance when she's never gotten over her father's death. That's when Woodrow tells Gypsy the secret about his mother.
Now, for the first time, the editors at O. have combed through the magazine's extensive archives to assemble O's Little Book of Happiness, a collection of the very best essays and advice they've published on the theme of finding happiness.
"Oprah's Chicken Soup for the Soul"
Eva, eighteen, and Nell, seventeen, are sisters, adolescents on the threshold of womanhood - and for them anything should be possible. But even as Eva prepares for an audition with the San Francisco Ballet and Nell dreams of her first semester at Harvard, their lives are turned upside down and their dreams are pushed into the shadows. In a nation suddenly without electricity or communication, Eva is compelled to dance alone to the music of memory, and Nell's education consists of reading the encyclopedia, devouring knowledge as if it were her last meal.
"Into the Forest"