By Laura Harrington
A Boston Globe bestseller
"Nothing under 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 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 mobilephone calls from her father are by no means lengthy sufficient. instantly 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 woman bravely dealing with the future.
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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 makes a face. “No. Onion rings and a vanilla shake. Then hot chocolate.
She got a new haircut and renewed her fitness commitment, swimming half an hour three days a week after work. The housework and the cooking are not so high on her list of priorities, but the personal appearance thing has become very important. Alice thinks her mom secretly likes the fact that stress and worry have finally made it possible for her to drop those last pesky ten pounds. She is slipping back into some pre-Ellie clothes. Okay, so it’s natural to think your mother is a total idiot at this age, but when your dad’s out of the picture it’s hard to have your mother quite so strange and foreign.
Hendrickson down the road died, the old time guys who put in vegetables every year have really dwindled. Matt says, “You just wait, the hippie kids will bring it all back again; all that poison in our food now, people are waking up. You can do it yourself. Good food. ” And they’ve got this black dirt he loves to go on and on about. Topsoil eighteen inches deep. ” He keeps trying to get Angie interested in canning or preserving or freezing their bounty, but this is not Angie’s bailiwick. So Alice and Ellie and Matt are the ones to snap beans, make tomato sauce and tomato juice and salsa, grape jelly and grape juice.