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.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…