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 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 discover ways to force, subscribe to the song staff, visit her first dance, and fall in love—all whereas attempting to be robust 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 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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Then Gram got her a rubber wheeled grocery basket like the ones old ladies use in metropolitan areas. Alice feels ridiculous, but at least now she’s quiet. It’s exactly quarter of six Sunday morning when Alice arrives at the backdoor to Mrs. Piantowski’s. She leaves the cart on the porch and knocks softly before turning the knob and walking in. The youngest baby is sitting in a bouncy chair on the kitchen table looking around with her big, dark green, and very grave eyes. There are two dozen loaves wrapped and ready to go and Mrs.
So he and his parents stood out on their front steps to wave at them as they drove along East Oak Street. Henry was waving his baseball mitt over his head, which got a laugh out of Matt. Matt slowed the car way down and cranked his window to wave back before he blasted the horn and sped away. Now they’re standing with the other reservists and their wives and families at the Rochester Greyhound station. The men are in fatigues, the wives are in jeans or stretchy pants, the kids are wearing dirty parkas and have pink cheeks and runny noses from the cold.
Gram has the touch: she’s a savvy businesswoman, and she’s having fun with The Bird Sisters. There is no one in Belknap she hasn’t met. Most people come in at some point or another needing a cup of coffee and someone to listen, which is Gram all over. Some people have taken to calling her the mayor of Belknap. It was more fun, of course, before Aunt Char died last year. The Bird Sisters closed its doors for a month while Gram worked out whether she could go on without Char. Gram needed time to reassess and recover from that long string of losses: her husband, James; her kid brother, George; her brother-in-law Bobby; and her beloved sister, Char.