Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly Wednesday meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the SpineBloggers highlight an upcoming unpublished novel they're interested in.

Title: Alice Bliss
Author: Laura Harrington
Release Date: June 2, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group

A profoundly moving, uplifting novel about those who are left at home during wartime and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.

When Alice learns that he 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. Alice wears her dad's shirt every day, even though the scent of him is fading and his phone calls are never long enough. Life continues without him, but nothing can prepare Alice for the day two uniformed officers arrive at their door with news.

Alice Bliss is a gorgeous, transforming novel about the support of a small town looking after its own in times of loss; the love between an absent father and his daughter; the complicated love between Alice and her mother, Angie; and first love between Alice and the boy next door. It's a universal story and yet it touches on something very personal: these characters' struggles amid uncertain times echo our own, lending Alice Bliss an immediacy and poignancy that are both relevant and real.


  1. This sounds like it could be a fantastic book.

    I haven't heard of this one before so thanks for picking it!

  2. I love the look and sound of this one! Gorgeous cover and captivating synopsis. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I've got this on my list, too...great pick!

  4. This book sounds really great! Thanks for sharing, I think it will be going on my list!

  5. Sounds like a great read for character development and complex relationships, and very timely too.


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