By Laura Harrington
A Boston Globe bestseller
"Nothing lower than an absolutely learned imaginative and prescient of a tender advanced girl." —Entertainment Weekly
Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken whilst 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 group, visit her first dance, and fall in love—all whereas attempting to be robust for her mom, Angie, and her precocious little sister. however the cellphone calls from her father are by no means lengthy adequate. right away common and intensely 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 lady bravely dealing with the future.
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Sally says, what that man broke cannot be fixed. Sally’s a little short and a little stocky, but curvy, too, and she likes to accentuate the positive. She’s also got that bottle blonde, tough broad thing going on. And it’s like she does backward flirting, giving guys such a hard time they can’t believe it, but they keep coming back for more. People from out of town assume Sally and Gram are sisters. ” Playing on the Bird theme, Gram has birdbaths and bird feeders galore. There’s suet hanging in the oldest apple tree next to the house, hummingbird feeders stuck to all the windows, and supposedly squirrel-proof feeders hanging from most branches.
She adds Mrs. Piantowski, the lady who bakes bread for Gram’s restaurant, at the last minute. Her dad writes all these names down in his perfect block printing and adds the phone numbers from memory or the phone book. And then he adds the family doctor, dentist, banker, and insurance man. He writes up a second copy to put in the house and tacks the original to the inside lid of his toolbox. He pulls the only chair over to the woodstove next to Alice’s crate and opens the door to the stove so they can watch the fire burn.
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.
Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington