When Alice learns her father is being deployed to Iraq, she’s heartbroken. Matt Bliss is leaving just as his daughter blossoms into a full-blown teenager. She will learn to drive, shop for a dress for her first dance, and fall in love all while trying to be strong for her mother and take care of her younger sister. She is a tremendous girl, one who sneaks her way into your heart with her strength, her vulnerability, and her struggles with the trappings of being an awkward teen, confronting life without her beloved father. His scent is fading from the shirt of his she wears every day, and his phone calls are never enough. A profoundly moving and uplifting novel, Alice Bliss is a 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, MA. Alice Bliss, her first novel, grew out of Harrington’s one-woman musical, "Alice Unwrapped," which ran off-Broadway in New York and in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2009.
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