By Laura Harrington
A Boston Globe bestseller
"Nothing under a completely learned imaginative and prescient of a tender complex 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 teen: she'll learn how to force, subscribe to the tune staff, 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. 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 woman bravely dealing with the future.
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Angie says into the phone. “Angie. . ” Even Alice can hear the longing in his voice when he says Angie like that. She knows she should leave the room; she should give them their moment, but she can hear his voice faintly, and she can’t walk away from that any more than she could talk when she was on the phone. ” Angie asks. “Yeah. Fine. ” “Tell Alice and Ellie I loved the cookies. ” “I’m wearing that navy dress you like. ” “Yes. ” Mom holds out the phone to Alice. ” Alice takes the phone. ” “Send me pictures.
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.
Why would he? ” Ellie asks. ” Which is when, thank you Marge in the Coke-bottle glasses and the Elvis Presley updo, the food arrives. a. Penelope Pearl Bird, or Penny to her many friends, owns the last remaining café in Belknap. When Grampa died six years ago, Gram sold her house out on Plank Road, bought one of the old Victorians at the Four Corners, moved into the apartment upstairs, and resurrected Belknap’s one and only coffee shop. She roped her sister Charlotte, who was also recently widowed, into helping her.