By Leslie Pietrzyk
Fifteen-year-old Alice goals of her first kiss, has sleepovers, auditions for Our Town, and attempts to move highschool biology. it is 1975, and at the beginning glance, her lifestyles would appear to be basic and unexceptional. yet on the earth that Leslie Pietrzyk paints, each second she chronicles is printed during the kaleidoscope of loss, stained by way of the truth that Alice's mom, abruptly, word, or apology, intentionally parks her vehicle at the railroad tracks, within the direction of an oncoming train.
In the emotional yr that follows, Alice and her older brother locate themselves within the care in their nice aunt, compelled to manage and stream ahead. Lonely and careworn, Alice absorbs herself in her mom Annette's widespread rituals, attempting to recapture their connection -- in basic terms to be surprised through the sound of her mother's voice talking to her, attractive Alice in ''conversations'' and providing a few perception into the existence that she had led, past her function as Alice's mother.
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A store dress. ” I asked. She stopped ﬁddling with the doorknob. ” I picked up the next dress, one Mama had sewn, white polyester with blue seagull-like designs scattered across it. Mama called this her “adult” dress; she wore it to PTA meetings. I reached for the red dress again, draped it across one arm. I lifted the skirt, stretched it, let it drop, watching the fabric swish into place. Then I pressed the dress to my nose and sniffed. Nothing. “I’ve never been to Chicago,” I said. Aunt Aggy crossed her arms tight across her chest.
Either two days or more than a week. ” She crowded me aside and reached for the bowl. “Pee-yew,” she said as she let the contents slide into the trash. ” She reached inside and started shufﬂing things around, reaching toward the back. 28 Leslie Pietrzyk I knew what she’d ﬁnd. “I’ll do this,” I said, wishing I could push her away and shut the door. “You look like you’re going to Mr. Cooper’s. ” But she was already muttering to herself. “Here’s the good tuna, but let’s move that to the front so we remember to eat it.
Aunt Aggy reached way back, slid forward an armful of clothes on the rod, making a screechy noise. ” I laughed nervously. ” Aunt Aggy looked at the clothes on the ﬂoor, then started picking things up, putting them on hangers and returning them to the closet. ” I sat on the bed, spread the dress on my lap, then was suddenly afraid to touch it. “Try it on,” Mama urged. I shook my head, but she kept talking: “In the mirror your waist shrinks and your legs get long. You’ll ﬁnd curves you didn’t know were there, swish when you walk.
A Year and a Day: A Novel by Leslie Pietrzyk