About The Address of Happiness

In this profound and enchanting story, former Paramount Pictures President David Paul Kirkpatrick gives voice to our deepest beliefs about the power of love. With a dramatic and heartbreaking opening sequence, two souls commit to one another moments before birth. Awakening into a place known as earth, the pre-ordained lovers go to extraordinary lengths in their search to reconnect with the love of their lives. Guided by a holy music, these tender, living souls touch and fall in love -- all over again.

Their earthly journey towards one another is filled with magic as the couple grow up, marry, have children and become old together, offering us a view of how beautiful relationships can truly be.

An unexpected and miraculous story, Address embraces all our hopes for finding someone special, for having a love that is everlasting. Kirkpatrick renews our faith in destiny and the timeless ability of lovers to find one another, no matter where in the universe that search may lead. One only needs The Address of Happiness.

The Foreword

by Stephen Simon, Producer, Somewhere in Time


Every great love story has at least one element in common—the obstacles that the lovers must overcome.

In literature and movies, from Romeo and Juliet  to Gone With The Wind, from West Side Story to The Way We Were, the deeper and more formidable the challenges to love, the more their resolution resonates in our hearts and souls.

In my life, I was blessed to be involved with a love story, the film Somewhere in Time which I produced in 1979, in which the prime obstacle was time itself.

 

With Somewhere in Time, we also faced the obstacle of a film world that was much more interested in dance, action, and light fun in 1980 than in a gentle movie about two people who literally will themselves to meet, even though they faced the slight logistical challenge of one of them having to journey several decades back in time to meet the other. Fortunately, Christopher Reeve chose Somewhere in Time as his first film after Superman. (Years later, after Chris’ tragic accident, I think that film’s Superman became a real life superhero whose courage would inspire millions of people....then and forever.)

The Address of Happiness has the great good fortune, I believe, to be published at just the right time. In fact, the most exquisite of times. To paraphrase an old saying...when the world is ready, the story—and the storyteller—arrive.

As far as obstacles in a story itself are concerned, Somewhere in Time was kindergarten and The Address of Happiness is grad school.

 

Two kindred souls connected in and by spirit are born in separate countries and then, even though they have lost any conscious memory of each other, somehow must find a way to reconnect....in a world populated by billions of people. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter indeed.

When David Kirkpatrick, whom I’ve known and deeply respected for over twenty-five years, asked me to read this book, I had no idea what a transformative experience the journey would be. I opened the book, started reading, and time folded in on itself.

 

I didn’t stop reading for a single moment and, all of a sudden, I had finished.

In truth, I have no memory of even breathing during that time and I’m still more than a bit bedazzled by what awaits you in these pages.

We so often forget how beautiful we humans can be as a species when we operate at our very best. The Address of Happiness reminds us of that beauty and is also a loving and gentle reminder of our exquisite capacity to both love and forgive.

This book has helped me feel good again about simply being human, and I hope the extraordinary journey of the lovers in these pages will echo that way in your own heart as well.

Or, come to think of it, maybe the moment has now arrived in which we will see the love story you are about to encounter as being in fact an ordinary, every day journey experienced by millions of people everywhere on this beautiful planet.

And then, Dorothy, we will know that we are somewhere over the rainbow at last.


Stephen Simon
West Linn, Oregon