By Laura Harrington
A Boston Globe bestseller
"Nothing under an absolutely discovered imaginative and prescient of a tender advanced 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 teen: she'll learn how to force, subscribe to the tune workforce, 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 mobilephone calls from her father are by no means lengthy adequate. right now common and extremely own, Alice Bliss is a profoundly relocating tale approximately those people who are left at domestic in the course of wartime and a small-town teenage woman bravely dealing with the future.
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If she were different, if she were better, smarter, prettier, then would he stay? Why isn’t Mom enough? And Ellie and Gram and the garden and his baseball team? Why isn’t any one of those things enough anymore? The phone rings. It’s exactly five, she notices, as she picks up the receiver. Mom must be stuck in traffic. “Dad,” she says, and her voice sounds dead. “Honey? Alice? ” “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.
Dad! ” She doesn’t want to hear about his will and his life insurance again. She doesn’t even want those papers to exist. ” He reaches into his back pocket and holds out a bankbook from the local bank. “It’s just a basic savings account. But I put five hundred dollars in there for you. ” She’s backing away from him. She doesn’t want to touch the bankbook. ” She trips backing away from him and sits down, hard, on her butt. Which is funny. In an awful sort of stupid, annoying way. He reaches out to help her up and pulls her into a hug.
She is driving way too fast. Angie never drives too fast. And, Alice registers again, she is not wearing her glasses. ” Ellie adds. ” Angie turns to look at Alice. “We’re going to Don and Bob’s. We’re getting frozen custard. ” “Okay. Okay. ” Ellie says. Alice wishes she could laugh. “Is anybody listening to me? I’m probably catching a terrible cold right this minute. Mom! Earth to Mom! ” Angie manages a smile. ” Angie rolls up her window and turns the heat up high. ” Ellie wants to know. “You can have whatever you want,” Angie answers.
Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington