Leslie Pietrzyk's A Year and a Day: A Novel PDF

By Leslie Pietrzyk

ISBN-10: 0060554665

ISBN-13: 9780060554668

ISBN-10: 0061724262

ISBN-13: 9780061724268

Fifteen-year-old Alice goals of her first kiss, has sleepovers, auditions for Our Town, and attempts to move highschool biology. it really is 1975, and at the beginning glance, her lifestyles would appear to be general and unexceptional. yet on this planet that Leslie Pietrzyk paints, each second she chronicles is published throughout the kaleidoscope of loss, stained via the truth that Alice's mom, without notice, be aware, or apology, intentionally parks her automobile at the railroad tracks, within the direction of an oncoming train.

In the emotional 12 months that follows, Alice and her older brother locate themselves within the care in their nice aunt, pressured to manage and stream ahead. Lonely and stressed, Alice absorbs herself in her mom Annette's regularly occurring rituals, attempting to recapture their connection -- purely to be surprised via the sound of her mother's voice chatting with her, enticing Alice in ''conversations'' and delivering a few perception into the lifestyles that she had led, past her function as Alice's mother.

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34 Leslie Pietrzyk I stared up at the ceiling. She walked to the window. I looked at her back, at the rain through the glass. It was about as hard a rain as they come. ” She and Mama could be so difficult. ” Mama asked. I looked at the cover of my chemistry book, black with three white starbursts that looked like explosions. According to the photo credit, it was the formation of a polyester. ” Passing chemistry like a regular student was a big goal. Memorizing the periodic table of the elements was impressive.

My friend Becky thought he looked like Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; she had a crush on him, and she showed me how if you wrote out her name and his name and crossed out the letters that were the same and counted, “love, marriage, friendship, hatred,” with the remaining letters, you’d get “love” if you used his middle name and her middle name, and you’d get “marriage” with his middle name and her middle initial. No matter how many times I talked to Mr. Miller after school (Becky jealously waiting in the hallway, peering in at us through the small glass pane in the door), I couldn’t understand even the simplest, easiest principle of chemistry.

I can’t do this alone. ” How was I supposed to know what to do? Rain ran through the gutters, beat at the windows. Dotty King’s listeners asked how to get jelly stains out of their grandmother’s lace tablecloths or whether dry yeast was as good as cake yeast. Questions with answers. Mama was silent. So I stood up. My chair scraped the floor. Aunt Aggy didn’t say thank you, just went up the stairs one by one as I followed. There was a certain smell to my mother’s room, perfume and ground-out cigarettes and dust and candle wax all mixed together.

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