Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington PDF

By Laura Harrington

Boston Globe bestseller 

"Nothing under an absolutely discovered 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 omit seeing Alice blossom right into a full-blown teen: she'll learn how to force, subscribe to 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 telephone calls from her father are by no means lengthy adequate. immediately 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 lady bravely dealing with the future.

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She roped her sister Charlotte, who was also recently widowed, into helping her. m. m. Wednesday through Sunday. Angie was predicting the worst from Day One, thought it would be too much for Gram, thought Gram was throwing her money away. According to Angie, all kinds of dire emergencies were going to crop up, from a leaky roof to poisoning patrons. But Gram would retort that she’s got her son Eddie and her son-in-law Matt for the roof and anything else that involves carpentry, plumbing, or electrical, and as for the food poisoning, Gram says nobody ever died from eggs, toast, and coffee.

Maybe it’s that nobody knows her first name. Gram knows but she’s not telling. Some men have tried to flirt with Mrs. Piantowski, and women try to get friendly, but she just sails on by. Maybe she’s got everything she needs with eight kids and twentytwo different kinds of bread up her sleeve. Alice’s job is to pick up the bread every Saturday and Sunday morning at quarter of six and then help Gram with whatever prep work still needs to be done at the restaurant. Even though every other teenager in America is still asleep.

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.

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