'This story of friendship, love, grief and growing up will yank on the heartstrings. And then some' Look Alice Bliss is fifteen. She's smart, funny, and clever. Not afraid to stand up for the things she believes in. She also idolizes her father, and when he leaves home to fight a war she doesn't believe in, Alice is distraught. She and her mother negotiate his absence as best they can -- waiting impatiently for his letters, throwing themselves into school and work respectively, bickering intermittently and, in Alice's case, falling for the boy next door -- but then they're told that he's missing in action and have to face up to the fact that he may never return. 'A powerful coming-of-age story of love, family and grief' Big Issue 'I put down this book and thought, there is no one like this girl, so fully has Harrington brought a new Alice to life' Sarah Blake, bestselling author of The Postmistress 'Compassionate and intelligent ...strong storytelling and a rich emotional core' Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die
Richard and Judy's Reviews
What a delicate, beautifully-written story this is ? poignant, uplifting, and, at times, heartbreaking. It provoked tears and smiles from both of us. Alice Bliss is fifteen years old. She lives in a small seaside town close to New York with her eight-year-old sister, Ellie, their beautiful mother, Angie, and father Matt, who is a carpenter. He is also a member of the United States army reserve. One day Matt gets the letter his family have been quietly dreading. He has been called up as part of America?s ?surge? in Iraq and will not see his family for a year. Laura Harrington handles the inevitable mood swings that sweep over Matt?s wife and daughters as he prepares to leave them and go into real danger, with immense skill and compassion. Angie switches from anger (how could a loving husband and father volunteer to leave his young family for so long and at such risk?) to a kind of grief and paralysing fear. We see all of this through Alice?s adolescent eyes - and of course, she has her own anxieties to cope with. The day arrives when Matt must board the army bus that will take him away. Impulsively he takes off his watch and wordlessly hands it to his eldest daughter. The wrench she feels as he disappears from her sight is almost too painful for words. But Laura Harrington finds them. In fact, this debut novelist never puts a foot wrong.
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