By Laura Harrington
A Boston Globe bestseller
"Nothing lower than an absolutely learned 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 leave out seeing Alice blossom right into a full-blown youngster: she'll learn how to force, sign up for the song crew, 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 mobile calls from her father are by no means lengthy adequate. right now common and intensely own, Alice Bliss is a profoundly relocating tale approximately people 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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A Boston Globe bestseller "Nothing lower than an absolutely learned imaginative and prescient of a tender advanced lady. " —Entertainment WeeklyTomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken while she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will leave out seeing Alice blossom right into a full-blown youngster: she'll learn how to force, subscribe to the tune group, visit her first dance, and fall in love—all whereas attempting to be powerful for her mom, Angie, and her precocious little sister.
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Aside from the fact you’re not cool, I think you’re starting to smell, Alice. ” “Maybe Gram would take you shopping. New jeans, new . ” “I’m all set. ” “Okay, but I’m not walking next to you and I’m definitely not holding hands with you. ” “I’m reaching my limit with you, Alice. ” God, she sounds just like Angie, Alice thinks. Matt’s been gone almost six weeks. He’s in the last days of training at the mobilization center with his army reserve unit. The reservists have been kept pretty much in lockdown conditions at Fort Dix: no time off, no time off the base, and very little contact with home.
Okay. ” “She acts like I’m supposed to know everything she wants and when I don’t she gets mad. If she’d just tell me. ” Alice looks at her feet. “Honey? ” “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.
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. To Alice it’s coming at her with enough force to induce whiplash. ” “No. ” “What? ” Ellie wants to know. “He gave it to you,” Angie says, her voice flat and disbelieving. ” “Why would he? ” Ellie asks. ” Which is when, thank you Marge in the Coke-bottle glasses and the Elvis Presley updo, the food arrives.