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By Laura Harrington

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"Nothing under a completely 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 discover ways 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 mobilephone calls from her father are by no means lengthy adequate. without delay common and intensely 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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This is too much. Mrs. Piantowski is a completely different species from Alice’s own mother. Alice doesn’t realize how fast she’s eating until she looks up and catches Mrs. Piantowski grinning. ” she asks. “The best ever,” Alice replies, before she gulps down her milk and slides off the stool to head out the door into the predawn darkness on her way to deliver bread to The Bird Sisters. March 13th “Mom? Mom! Are you up? ” The Monday following Angie’s surprise birthday party, which Matt and the girls had carefully pre-planned and executed with help from Gram and Uncle Eddie, Angie does not feel like getting up or going to work.

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. He picks up the muffin and hands a piece to Alice before sitting down and stretching his feet out to the fire.

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. ” “We said our good-byes, remember? ” And then Mom is through the door and standing beside her.

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