Womens Fiction

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

By Laura Harrington

Boston Globe bestseller 

"Nothing below a completely discovered imaginative and prescient of a tender complex girl." —Entertainment Weekly

Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken while she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will pass over seeing Alice blossom right into a full-blown youngster: she'll learn how to force, sign up for the tune workforce, visit her first dance, and fall in love—all whereas attempting to be powerful for her mom, Angie, and her precocious little sister. however the cell calls from her father are by no means lengthy sufficient. instantaneously common and extremely own, Alice Bliss is a profoundly relocating tale approximately those who find themselves left at domestic in the course of wartime and a small-town teenage woman bravely dealing with the future.

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It’s the big animals, she’ll tell you; she fell in love with cows and horses and fields and farms and the way Route 20 curves through mile after mile of fertile, rolling land. Like stepping into another century. The farmers and their wives were leery of Angie at first, even with old man Beeman vouching for her. But Angie sits in their linoleum-floored kitchens drinking coffee from percolators, adding sugar and cream until they laugh at her. The year she left her own Thanksgiving dinner to follow the fire trucks out to the Holschers’ farm for the worst kind of fire, a barn fire, and stayed until every horse and cow was accounted for—the dead animals named and mourned, the living safely housed in temporary quarters—and sat, again, in the kitchen, her coat scorched, ash in her pretty hair; that was the year they took her in.

Who wears their hair like that anymore? ” Ellie says. ” “I’ll have the classic burger and a root beer, please. Mom? ” Angie opens her eyes and sits up. Alice holds out a menu, Angie ignores it. ” “Chicken, please. ” Marge heads off to shout their order to the cooks behind the counter. “We could play hangman,” Ellie says. ” Ellie asks. Angie finds a pen in her purse, and Alice fishes her carefully folded geometry homework out of her back pocket. ” Ellie fills in two blanks. ” Two more blanks. ” Angie’s voice is maybe a little sharper than she intended.

We don’t have a lot of time. ” “I want . ” “Don’t go,” she manages to choke out. “Alice, honey, listen—” She hears Mom’s car in the driveway. ” “We said our good-byes, remember? ” And then Mom is through the door and standing beside her. “I just want to hear your voice, honey. To take that with me. Maybe hear you laugh. ” “Yes. But—” “You can stay on. ” “That’s okay. ” Angie says into the phone. “Angie. . ” Even Alice can hear the longing in his voice when he says Angie like that. She knows she should leave the room; she should give them their moment, but she can hear his voice faintly, and she can’t walk away from that any more than she could talk when she was on the phone.

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