Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

By Laura Harrington

Boston Globe bestseller 

"Nothing below 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 omit seeing Alice blossom right into a full-blown youngster: she'll learn how to force, subscribe to 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 adequate. instantly common and extremely own, Alice Bliss is a profoundly relocating tale approximately people who are left at domestic in the course of wartime and a small-town teenage lady bravely dealing with the future.

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Crossing the parking lot, Angie is tiptoeing through the snow trying not to ruin her new heels. She slips and grabs on to Alice to steady herself. “Wrong shoes,” she shrugs. “Yeah,” Alice concedes. ” “He likes heels. ” Ellie has run ahead and grabbed a booth. She’s already chatting up the waitress as she shakes the snow from her shoulders and takes off her coat. Alice slides in beside her and picks up the menu. ” Ellie announces to no one in particular. ” “You know what you’re going to have. ” “I like to look.

You and I could talk, then Mom gets home and you guys have your time, then Ellie. Just five minutes. Just one minute. Just . . She closes her eyes and she can imagine the line at the bank of phones on the base. The lucky guys with their own cell phones, talking as long as they want. The rest of them waiting to call, some poor schmo having to keep the line moving, cut the calls short. Is he already packed? Is he hungry, is he tired, is he lonely? Is he scared of this phone call? She’s scared she’s gonna cry and end up not telling him .

When Alice calls up to her, she’s still in bed, still feeling devastated and idiotic that the promised phone call with Matt never came through, even though she waited up almost all night, just in case. And it’s ridiculous, really. How many times does she have to be reminded that his time is not his own anymore? The girls, with Gram’s help, gave her a silk scarf to replace the one she tossed out the window. They made her favorite cake, angel food stuffed with strawberries and whipped cream, Gram cooked Angie’s favorite dinner, even Uncle Eddie came through with a basket of spring bulbs.

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