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Laura Harrington, "Alice Bliss"
Oct 4 2012 7:00 pm
Join us this Thursday, as we welcome Laura Harrington to discuss her novel, Alice Bliss, at 7pm.
"Alice Bliss. A perfect name for a 15 year -old girl with a perfect life. A life of family, farming and friends. Nothing but perfection until her beloved father requests deployment with his National Guard Unit in Iraq. What he leaves behind for Alice are hundreds of letters - words of love and guidance, when she will need them most." ~ Peg
"Alice Bliss is so much more than a coming-of-age story. You will be immediately captivated. This is a poignant and heart-wrenching novel that will enlighten many of us on what military families deal with when a loved one is away at war. Alice is missing her father, fighting with her mother, and falling in love. A MUST READ!" ~ Barb
When Alice Bliss learns that her father,
Matt, is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Alice idolizes her father,
loves working beside him in their garden, accompanying him on the occasional
roofing job, playing baseball. When he ships out, Alice is faced with finding a
way to fill the emptiness he has left behind.
Matt will miss seeing his daughter blossom from a tomboy into a full- blown teenager. Alice will learn to drive, join the track team, go to her first dance, and fall in love, all while trying to be strong for her mother, Angie, and take care of her precocious little sister, Ellie. But the smell of Matt is starting to fade from his blue shirt that Alice wears everyday, and the phone calls are never long enough.
Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving coming-of-age novel about love and its many variations--the support of a small town looking after its own; love between an absent father and his daughter; the complicated love between an adolescent girl and her mother; and an exploration of new love with the boy-next- door. These characters' struggles amidst uncertain times echo our own, lending the novel an immediacy and poignancy that is both relevant and real. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a transforming story about those who are left at home during wartime, and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.
Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist, and librettist. She teaches playwriting at MIT and lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
This event is FREE.
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