Alice Bliss

Originally a short, one-woman musical called Alice Unwrapped, this tender-hearted novel uses its larger canvas to delve more deeply into the plight of adolescent Alice, struggling to be strong for her mother and her younger sister after her father is deployed to Iraq. Laura Harrington poignantly captures the conflicting emotions of those left at home during wartime.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.